God, Why Don’t You Do Something?
Written by Faith’ UMC’s 2014 Women’s Retreat Group
Scripture: Matthew 25:37-40 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
Reflection: Several weeks ago approximately twenty women of Faith spent time together in prayer, praise, reflection and celebration of our sisterhood in Christ. Our leaders, Kathy Schmucker and Pam Wig, thoughtfully and prayerfully designed a wide variety of experiences for us to help us quiet ourselves and ‘retreat’ from our busy lives, schedules and distractions.
We had very gifted guests during our time together who shared music, meditation, inspirational stories and gave us an experience in liturgical stretching of our spirits. One speaker, in particular brought the group to tears. She was a special guest from the P.A.L. Mission who told us more about one of the mission projects that Faith Church supports. This committed young lady, Andrea, shared her work and her life in her work.
P.A.L. Mission provides stable, secure housing and life skills training to the at-risk populations of adolescents in foster care who are preparing to leave the foster care system. Andrea told us about the challenges of the homeless, foster young men and women in their program. Four of the ten current youths are 17 years old and are on their own, still in high school, no family, no home, no one to love them, care for them or plan their future with them. How much hope would could they have?
In what ways is God breaking your heart?
Andrea’s real stories of youth who live only a few miles from us, moved us deeply. Our hearts were broken and it reminded me of a message from a new Christian song. The man said he saw poverty and homelessness and he shook his fist at heaven and said, “God, why don’t you do something!” God’s response in the song, “I did, I CREATED YOU!” When our hearts are stirred, I believe God is nudging US to DO SOMETHING.
In what way is God calling you to DO SOMETHING?
Andrea did not ask for anything. She simply shared her call to work with disadvantaged foster youth, and told their story. What happened next can only be described as a true movement of the spirit and discipleship in action. As we moved to the next activity, clearly we all felt a desire to jump into action. We spent the next 30 minutes brainstorming what actions we felt called to do to support these youth. The Women of Faith are excited to prepare and serve a meal on the Monday of Holy Week to the P.A.L. Mission youth and will give each youth an Easter tote filled with needed supplies, (and goodies), additional totes for carrying groceries as they walk from the grocery store to their apartments, gift cards for food and some books to feed their spirits. I believe this one act of generosity will only be the beginning as we take the next step in service by developing relationships with the youth and listen for how God will call us to live into our faith with them.
In what ways do you sense the movement of God’s Spirit stirring your discipleship into action?
Prayer: Break our hearts, Lord, for what breaks yours, and help us discern how we can be true disciples who are your hands and feet in our community. Help us to see others with your eyes, Father, with the clarity of what help is needed when it is needed. Thank you, Father, for the talents and resources that we have available in our Faith family and help us be the best stewards of your blessings. In Jesus’s name, Amen.
This Week’s Lenten Scripture Readings: Matthew 25:37-40, John 11:17-27, 1 John 3:16-18, Galatians 6:1-10, James 1:22, Psalm 82:3-4, Luke 14:12-14, 1 Corinthians 13:3, James 2:5
Prayer Focus: Pray for those who are homeless, ill, lonely, living in poverty. Pray for God to show you how you can do something to make a difference for others. Pray for God to show you how you can Be Christ and See Christ in our community.
Family Connection: Spring Cleaning
Renew a corner of your home: the attic, the garage, or the yard. Paint a room or clean out closets. Give unused toys and clothes to the poor. Hold a garage sale and donate the profits to a charitable organization.
Click here to listen to the song Do Something by Matthew West and hear the story of one young woman who responded to the call to do something!
Faith’s Christian Education & Spiritual Formation ministry team will provide a weekly devotion written by some of Faith’s ministry teams to guide us in reflecting how we are Seeing Christ and Being Christ as we walk with Jesus during the season of Lent.
Additional resources for Lent for individuals and for families are available in the literature racks in the Gathering area and outside the Family Life Center as well as in Faith’s Library & Media Center and on our website: http://faithum.weebly.com/lent.html