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I helped move a disabled elderly lady today into the county retirement center. We did not know her. We’ll probably never see her again. But the representative from the county had called 5 other churches. All giving the answer of no. No? Unwilling to help?! God says to help the poor and those in need. How could 5 churches be so inwardly focused that they could not give a few hours of their day to help this lady.

She lived right here in my town of Franklin. After walking thru the door, you would think we were in the slums of New York or something. It’s not often we think about the poor and sick. When you think of missions and helping the less fortunate, you often think distance, places like  mexico or 3rd world countries.  But, when right under our noses, people are hurting, people are in need. If one person helps one person, then we could make a difference.

It really bothers me that this poor woman was living in pure filth, with bugs and insects all over the place, so close to my home. Unable to care for herself, she had to live in the conditions that she did. Forgotten by many.

It was very humbling to put things into perspective. I thank God for the things that he has blessed me with. I was glad that I was available to help this lady move some things. Most of her stuff was so dirty and bug filled that its being left for the landlord to throw out.

So my question is, How can we change someones life today?  How can we reach the world in our own community?

And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”  Matthew 22:37-39

This was her bedroom. This is the condition that she lived in. The picture really does not do it justice. This picture does not show all the bugs, the rotten food, the smell.

Her Bedroom

Her Bedroom

Lord, Thank you for the blessings that you have provided in my life, help me to keep an open heart for those less fortunate. Help me to keep a passion for your work and serving those in need. Bless this lady in her new home. I pray that she can live a better life today than she was yesterday. Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to show her your love. Amen


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