Thursday, September 03, 2009

A TRUE “LABOR” DAY

The first Labor Day in the United States was celebrated on September 5, 1882 in New York City. Congress unanimously signed day into law a mere six days after the end of the great labor strike, and thus, a National Holiday. But there is another kind of Labor that Jesus speaks of in the Matthew 11:28;
“Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest”
Come unto me. This is one of the sweetest passages in the New Testament. It shows the willingness of the Jesus. People are sometimes very difficult to access, while Jesus is not only willing, but invites us, to come to him. Note how gracious the invitation! The invitation is to those who labor and are heavy laden. He promises, to all these weary ones who come, rest. The offer is not that of a man, but of the Divine Savior. Millions of Christian men and woman can bear witness to that promise being true.

BUT what of our homeless, the very people that we minister to through Surrender40. Consider their burdens, consider their labor, and consider the loneliness that they feel as the entire country settles down to enjoy family and friends together. Imagine how they feel? Lonely scared, hungry, tired, oppressed, unloved and forgotten!
One thing that we as Americans are really great at is turning our heads, looking the other way, ignoring the issues. Yes, they can all come to Jesus, and many of them have, but who “Goes unto them”? Who reaches out to God’s people? That’s right; we are all created by the same God, even the least of these, as Jesus said.

This holiday weekend, please search your heart and reach out to someone by donating to our ministry and “Feeding the Need” in Miami. The need is SO GREAT, you can’t even imagine. We need clothing, socks, toiletries, and most of all financial support. Do you understand that a gift of $10 will feed 10 people one meal? When was the last time you fed 10 people in your family for $10? Please help, God will Bless you in a mighty way, for He loves a cheerful giver!

Please, on a day that you will sit in a backyard, on a beach, or spend with neighbors and friends, consider the people that everyone else forgets, the unlovely, the unworthy, the bottom of the barrel, THE LEAST OF THESE! MAY GOD BLESS YOU IN YOUR GIVING AND PRAYERS!
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