On a cold Christmas Eve in downtown Denver, the St. Francis Center, a day shelter for homeless people was about to close. But shortly before we closed that evening, a man rushed in. It took me a moment to recognize him because he was out of uniform. Mike was a Denver police officer, and the center was on his beat.
He walked up to those of us at the front desk, pulled out an envelope and said "Here, thanks for all you do... and choking back tears rushed out the door."
An hour or so earlier, another officer whom I'd never met before had come in. He came in looked around and asked what we did. We explained that we were a place where homeless people could get clean clothes, take a shower, receive their mail, get first aid, and more. "Why even bother? They'll never get off the street." as he walked out the door.
That evening the contrast between the two men's attitude struck me. I understood both their responses, because I'd experienced them myself.
At times I could see that serving the homeless was an opportunity to serve Christ in the disguise of poverty, mental illness, and addiction. At other times I would look at people and think to myself. "They will never be able to change. Why do we bother?"
Fortunately, I find that Jesus is able to reassure me of the eternal value and precious treasure that exist in every single human being.
Where do you find "hidden treasure"?
Treasure hunting. Why does Jesus say the kingdom of God is like a treasure hunt!? What is the treasure? How do I find it? How would I know? Will I know it if I see it? For this and more join us this Sunday, July 30th.
Congratulations and blessings to Matthew Startz & Alexa Mendoza who will be married this Saturday at Christ Church.