“We cannot accept love from another human being when we do not love ourselves, much less accept that God could possibly love us.” Brennan Manning
I once heard a story of a father who asked his disabled son, “Daniel, when you see God looking at you, what do you see in His eyes?” After a pause, the boy replied, “His eyes are filled with tears, Dad.” “Why, Dan?” An even longer pause. “Because God is sad.” And why is He sad?” Daniel stared at the floor. When at last he looked up, his eyes glistened with tears. “Because God knows, I’m afraid.”
This summer, our Outreach team will spend time with kids taking them to educational fieldtrips, hikes, Cowboys Training camp and beach activities. Our staff will be in the neighborhoods that are known for gang violence and activity. Common sense would have told us that hanging out with different gang kids with different temperaments from different neighborhoods is downright foolish - but, God. God knows that these “knuckleheads” cover their fears with the veneer of anger and hostility, many times directed at my staff. Yet, all the gang signs, tattoos, hard looks, and even harder hearts are used as a wall to protect themselves from rejection, pain and fear.
But God; everyday that is spent with these students cracks develop in their walls, a smile, a thank you, a “see you tomorrow Bob” – God is love penetrating in their hearts. You see, just as in Daniel’s case, God’s eyes are filled with tears because He knows these students are afraid . . . fear of rejection, fear of tomorrow, fear of not being loved, just to name a few.
Please pray for the safety of our staff and that God will continue to embrace each one of these students and that they will ultimately come to experience the consistent love and forgiveness of their Heavenly Father. Thank you for your love and support of Jesus’ kids.
Because of Him,
Betty Alvarez Ham
SAVE THE DATE
• 13th Annual Michael Reagan’s First Responders Golf Classic – October 23rd