When we see injustice, we are quick to vilify, to point out wrongs, and to make accusations. We are not quick to pause, reflect, and lament the truth that we live in a world where injustices are prevalent.
Sovereign Lord, though an issue like homelessness can seem overwhelming and even hopeless at times, help us to remember Your great act of salvation and the wonderful future that You have promised us.
I believe there are three barriers to belonging that are prevalent in a place like western Queens: Exclusion, Transiency, and Pain Intolerance. These barriers can be disheartening—or they can serve as an opportunity for the radical hospitality of Jesus to enter in and transform a community.
Roosevelt Island—dubbed “Welfare Island” in 1921—–once housed a prison, a lunatic asylum, a charity hospital, a smallpox hospital, and a workhouse. It was renamed in 1971 with a vision to make it a flourishing space with a special focus on accessibility for people with disabilities.
Because of the resurrection, the faithful can “glory in their suffering,” knowing it produces character, hope, and victory in Christ. I get to see this everyday in my Flatbush neighborhood, where hope and suffering collide into perseverance everyday.
When my family first moved to Park Slope, we were very aware of the blessing and beauty of this neighborhood, but I was sadly ignorant of the history, strife, and divisions that lay just under the surface. Now, 10 years into living in this neighborhood that has become our home, I am learning to see it so differently.
As we embrace a higher view of the image of God, a humble view of our human divisions and a home as a reconciled people, we can see the very thing our world craves: reconciliation.
More than 60,000 New Yorkers sleep in city shelters each night, and thousands more sleep on the streets, subways, and public spaces. Here are five ways you can pray for the Don't Walk By outreaches happening next month—and for our neighbors who are experiencing homelessness.
In a place like West Harlem, we are called to live in such a way that we’re not contributing to the displacement of our neighbors who have been here for decades, but rather uplifting, learning from, and together building.
As we approach this holiday season, may we focus our hearts on You, Father, and celebrate the gift of life through Your Son, Jesus. Help us also to be mindful of those—whether a friend, neighbor, or family member—who may be wrestling with feelings of grief and despair.