There are many strays in our neighborhood and it's one of the saddest things that I've had to witness so far while living in Houston. Every day while walking to and from work, I see homeless animals. All sorts of dogs with mange, fleas, shrunken stomachs, bones peaking through the skin. It's a painful sight. While my heart deeply aches for the abandoned pets roaming my neighborhood, it also serves as a terrible, but great picture of the types of injustice that happens in many of our hearts. The voiceless, the helpless, the least, remaining hungry, lonely, unloved, unwanted, abused, scared and under appreciated. Pushed aside and ignored for fear of having to take action. Guarding our hearts from compassion because we often feed into the lie that there's nothing that we can do about it. That that drunk man, that prostitute, that "troubled youth", that stray dog isn't worth our care, our time, our money. It isn't worth investing in because they are less than, they are not valuable, and their suffering exists because of their poor decisions. These are lies. Do not believe them.
"The least of these" have many things to teach us. In their presence we are humbled. In their sufferings we are silenced. In joining them, we find solidarity and unity. In their friendship we find sincerity and blessing. In their eyes, if we look close enough, we see Christ looking back at us. Do not be afraid to befriend, do not be afraid to invest, to touch, to pet.
"When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels
with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory. All the nations
will be gathered before him, and he will separate people one from
another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, and he
will put the sheep at his right hand and the goats at the left. Then
the king will say to those at his right hand, 'Come, you that are
blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from
the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me
food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a
stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me
clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and
you visited me.' Then the righteous will answer him, 'Lord, when
was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and
gave you something to drink? And when was it that we saw you a
stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? And
when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?' And
the king will answer them, 'Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one
of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to
If you would like to join me in feeding the strays in our neighborhood, please send nutritious dog treats to my Houston address! That would be greatly appreciated!
If you'd also like ot donate financially to my Mission Year that would be especially helpful and appreciated!