I keep being referred back to thinking about how Jesus worked and reacted to those around him. And I don’t just mean the men he had with him as disciples but the people he influenced, touched, welcomed along his journey.
Now this might be because I am reading Luke and trying to grasp the meaning of the lessons Jesus is trying to teach. Familiar stories -Mustard Seed, Healing on a Sabbath, Repent or perish. Doing good not for anything in return other than to help others not a fortunate as you.
Now that’s a bit heavy for my simple blog but I guess my point is recognise who you are walking along side.
Sometimes people just need you so recognise they need help, companionship to be noticed. There is very little you can do but be there with them at a time of hardship, grief or heartache.
For the last few years I have been privileged to work along side A Band of Brothers (ABOB). We host a BBQ for an amazing bunch of people who take pleasure in running ultra marathons, and while they are all slightly bonkers, we cook butchers burgers and sausages for a lot of the 450+ runners who come back from the run with huge appetites . But I digress.
Each year we welcome young men who have perhaps not had the best start in life or have got a bit lost on the way. We do not know what they have done and we don’t care but we ( there are two of us from church) welcome and take them at face value and are privileged to see them on their journey.
Now this year we were invited to be part of their round up chat at the end of the day.
In the round up they are asked to say how they feel (at that precise moment) what they took from the day and anything that had worried them before they came.
WELL HOW HUMBLING WAS THAT!!
Comments such as “Didn’t want to come was worried but It was brilliant!” and ” I feel energised” ” So what about next year!”, ” That was my best day off in a long time”.
And what had we actually done?
We had welcomed them as they came , without judgement. We had laughed and joked and work hard as a team.
We had I hope been a little bit like Jesus.