Friday, March 10
by Marianne Schmidt
Fortunately for many of our Warming Center volunteers, our guests were “huggers.” One guests shared how she met Jesus last year at Holy Spirit as part of this program. As we hugged, I said, “We are sisters in God, and he does not love one of us more than the other, and your sins are not worse than my sins.” Two guests who heard what I said, turned to each other and questioned, “Her sins are as bad as our sins? I don’t believe that.”
There is no difference between our homeless guests and myself in needing God’s forgiveness for the mess we have made in our lives. With that forgiveness, we all can stand in God’s presence and feel loved.
“The God-setting-things right that we read about has become Jesus-setting-things right for us. And not just for us, but for everyone who believes in him. For there is no difference between us and them in this. Since we’ve complied this long and sorry record as sinners and proved that we are utterly incapable of living the glorious lives God wills for us, God did it for us. Out of sheer generosity he put us in the right standing with himself. A pure gift. He got us out of the mess we were in and restored us to where he always wanted us to be.” – Romans 3:21-25, Message Bible