It sure has been a LONG time since I last blogged, but felt the Lord leading to a statement today that is very apropos for this time of year.  Thanks for continuing to follow along, even after my long delay.

I remember reading a story about a church group that was busy distributing food.  It was cold, frigid night, and they were distributing food to people in a low-income apartment complex.  There was one particular woman who was overjoyed by the gift.  She had shown the volunteers that her cupboards were bare, and that food they were delivering was an answer to her prayers.

Later that night, as the volunteers were returning to the church, one of the women began to cry.  When asked about it, she said,

that lady who showed her bare cupboards, she was my Sunday School teach years ago, and she’s in church every Sunday.  We had NO IDEA she was almost starving.

I have no doubt that church group was filled with caring and sharing people, people who are seeking ways to carry the burdens of others as Paul suggest in Galatians 6:2.  But, yet, somehow, they hadn’t noticed the needs of this woman, someone they saw every Sunday morning, someone who never openly shared their needs.

My challenge today for you, for me, for ALL of us, is this…

Use this as a gentle reminder that we all need to be more aware of those around us, and, as Paul says in Galatians 6:10:

So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.

As people who worship together, we have the privilege of assisting one another so that NO ONE in the body of Christ goes without help.  As we get to know each other and care for each other, my prayer is that, we won’t EVER have to say…

We had no idea.

I want to leave you with this quote:

Nothing costs as much as caring…except…not caring.

God bless…and have a Merry CHRISTmas!

Pastor Brett