In Touch December 11, 2009
Posted on December 11, 2009 by under Touché,

Love Made Visible

 “What then should we do?”  In reply he said to them, “Whoever has two coats must share with anyone who has none; and whoever has food must do likewise.”  (Luke 3:10-11)

This week I did a radio interview with Charlie North, the head of the Poughkeepsie Area Chamber of Commerce.   Charlie asked me about the mission trip we were taking to the Dominican Republic, but in a few sentences it opened up to all the missional work HRC is doing in the greater Poughkeepsie area.  Jeremiah encourages the people of God to seek the welfare of the city in which they were living.  Hopewell is living into that in ways that I love to speak of.  I found that I just got started on the radio and it was time to close.  I spoke of the Dominican Republic and the work being done there with Sowers of the Kingdom, but it quickly came home to Community Maintenance Program and Beds In the Name of Christ.  We wrapped up the interview way too quickly as I had planned to speak of Odyssey and Kid’s Hope.  Last Sunday Diana Lawson and her daughter quickly handed out names for Christmas blessing for teen mothers that are connected with social services.  Our mission gift tree has over seventy ornaments hanging on it from people who have given gifts such as rice to India or support for Gabriel House in Mexico.  We have stepped into the life of a family with tremendous needs and are helping them survive this Christmas. The interview made me realize all the ways that love is being made visible through the ministry of Hopewell.

I share this information with you, not to boast about all were doing, but to point to the simple reality that John the Baptist speaks of when he invites people to make love visible in some very practical ways.  If you have two coats, share with anyone who has none.  If you have food, do likewise.  People who have been touched by the gift of Christmas let their lives be living gifts of love to others.

This Sunday we will have the opportunity to do something we have not done before.  As Mark Mast, Pam Hansen and I met this week to talk about how we strategically give from our Deacon’s Fund, we wanted to give all in the church an opportunity to make love visible.  At the conclusion of the message, as we sing our last song , you are invited to place a card in a basket.  On that card you can put your name, your telephone number and your need,  if you so wish, or on that card you can put the name, telephone number and need of a person you know from the church..  This year especially there are so many needs. We, as the body of Christ, want to make love visible in the way we share.  You are also invited to give to the Deacon’s Fund in the baskets that are in the front.  We will see what action we can take to address the needs that are presented, but our hope is that this Christmas we will continue to make love visible in very practical ways.

 Yours in gratitude,       Taylor