Seeing the hurting and homeless come through the doors at Denver Rescue Mission’s Lawrence Street Shelter, it reminds me daily that we live in a fallen, broken world, but on a holiday like Easter (Resurrection Sunday) Jesus Christ guarantees a hope for the future.
Our hope is in the One who suffered and died on the cross – but it doesn’t end there – He conquered the grave! That’s our hope and that’s what I witnessed on Friday at the banquet. The individuals and families that came to the Easter banquet for a meal, received more than that – they left with hope. Jesus calls us to serve others, so that they may feel His love and see His hope. I pray that the hope they felt on Friday turns into new life.
Beside serving a meal, we offered (thanks to many donors and volunteers) foot washing, podiatry exams, communion, worship and a new pair of New Balance shoes!
The foot washing ceremony which has become a part of the Mission’s Easter banquet is a picture of Christ, who, as a servant washed His disciple’s feet. Ultimately, Jesus served them – us – by going to the cross to pay for our sin. Jesus is the greatest example of servant-hood. Jesus is the greatest love story ever told. Jesus is the King of kings and Lord of lords. Jesus humbled Himself to serve mankind. And that’s what we all get to do at Denver Rescue Mission. Whether your staff, volunteers or donors, we all play a role in serving the homeless and hurting as Christ would – with love.
The ground is level at the foot of the cross. Whosoever will, may come. May the love and the service that Christ works in us for others, somehow draw them to Him.