I’m not certain if we found “it” or if “it” found us. Somehow, we’ve stumbled into, been led to, or have had a discovery about serving a vul- nerable population. We can pinpoint a few events, a few individuals as well as a handful of circumstances that have started us down this specific path, and it is both exciting and frightening.
While FBC Plaistow enjoys the external appearance of being the pictur- esque strong building with stained-glass windows centered in town, the people (the “real” church) have again been challenged by Jesus’ words in a call to serve others.
From Matthew 25:37-40, recall these words from our Savior: “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ “The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’
When we think of people with addictions and their families, we need to consider them as “the least of these.” I recognize the challenge within myself, that I need to suppress my critical nature and my judgment, and instead see people from within their own stories.
Our most recent endeavor, purchasing Bibles with recovery study notes, was met with overwhelm- ing support! From a members-inspired challenge, our church body has begun to acquire these re- sources to give to addicts and their loved ones.
Another opportunity we’ll have is on Sunday, March 29. Beginning at 6:30, we’ll have a worship service designed for people struggling with addictions and their faith. Would you set aside time to join us?
I love you all,