Happy Advent, you brood of vipers!
People were so scared they asked, “What then should we do?” Even tax collectors and soldiers asked what they should do to “bear fruits worthy of repentance”.
Got two coats? Give one to someone who needs one.
Got food? Share.
Don’t be greedy.
Understand their needs. Don’t judge them. Just get to know them and let them know you.
Rose was immediately suspicious of this young, well dressed, very earnest, very srubbied-up clean, very white girl.
Because, you know, if you're offering help that means that you are superior and they are inferior - you have stuff they need and supposedly want, so as long as you are offering things you can think of yourself as being in control - or, at least, changing the level of the playing field.
The date for the fashion show was set for 8 weeks hence, and the west side housing projects were suddenly whirring with sewing machines and sequins, glitter and sashes, bow ties and bowler hats.
“Do you see,” she asked. “Do you see what is happening here?”
She had to admit, they looked spectacular. So proud of themselves – head held high, chest out, walking with pride and confidence.
And then, he shook the young man’s hand.
Surround them with a reminder that they have worth as human beings.
Allow them an expression of beauty and luxury, even if it’s homemade.
Remind them that they are special creations of God who loves them unconditionally.
Give them opportunities to give and receive love.
Allow them to feel confidence in who they are and what they have to offer the world.