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Lucy’s Shoes

27June2012

Lucy turned 10 earlier this month.  She loves Jesus.  She is doing her part to love the people that Jesus loves.  And I wanted to share her story. 

James 1:27 says, “Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to care for orphans and widows in their distress…”

I don’t know if Lucy has ever read or heard this particular verse, but she lives it.  For her 10th birthday Lucy asked for shoes.  It’s not that surprising of a birthday wish list for a 10-year-old girl, I suppose.  But she was specific about what type of shoes.  Lucy wanted slightly used or new shoes that were in children sizes or young adult sizes.  You see, the shoes were not for her feet.  Lucy asked her parents, grandparents, and friends, anyone at all really, to not give her presents.  She wanted shoes.  All those folks (and more) have been giving shoes to Lucy for her birthday.  And so we have collected well over 100 pairs of shoes that will be going down to Mexico with our mission team to be given to the orphans that our congregation partners with.  How cool is that!

The trip leaves July 20th—so if you want to help celebrate Lucy’s birthday by giving her some shoes you can send or drop them off at St. John’s by the 15th:

3220 Columbus Street, Grove City, Ohio 43123

Hugh Halter in his book “Sacriledge” throws some hefty right hooks.  One of those haymakers is a challenge to rethink our “introduction to Christianity.”  What if we took seriously James’ cry to care for the orphaned and the widowed?  How would it change us if Congregations put into practice the love that Jesus demands of us to care, provide, support, love, carry, raise, equip, serve, and do life with orphans and widows.  “Then imagine if once people were involved helping out a kid who needed a mentor or comforting a grieving widow as part of the new routine of their lives, then and only then would we move to Christianity 201, focusing on ‘Love God with all your heart and love your neighbor as yourself.’  Because they had already practiced love a ‘neighbor,’ the concept of this verse would already have some shoe leather to it and mean so much more.” 

Thanks, Lucy!  Your selfless love of orphans is not only an inspiration—it is the model of what it means to follow Christ.  Lucy is helping us all walk in Jesus’ steps—by the giving of some shoes and by helping those without have some shoe leather in which to walk.   Oh, and Happy Birthday!

SMN @CCD

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