The Lord has really been laying this on my heart lately, about Him loving others through us. About us being Jesus to people in our everyday lives. The thought also came to me the other day that giving to the poor and needy is not always giving to what we see as "poor"- but poor in spirit. There are many people in our day to day lives who are very needy. Who are hungry (for spiritual food and love). Not only can we be helping the "least of these" out on the streets, but also in our work places and neighborhoods and families.
Here is a prayer that explains it well:
~Dear Jesus, help us to spread your fragrance everywhere we go. Flood our souls with your spirit and life. Penetrate and possess our whole being so utterly that our lives may only be a radiance of yours. Shine through us and be so in us that every soul we come in contact with may feel your presence in our soul. Let them look up and see no longer us, but only Jesus. Stay with us and then we shall begin to shine as you shine, so to shine as to be light to others. The light, O Jesus, will be all from you. None of it will be ours. It will be you shining on others through us. Let us thus praise you in the way you love best by shining on those around us. Let us preach you without preaching, not by words, but by our example; by the catching force - the sympathetic influence of what we do, the evident fullness of the love our hearts bear to you. Amen. (M.Theresa)
and I am getting more confirmation from my daughter(14) as she writes this:
~"Look around what do we see?
We see people eating at their tables...a buffet like no other.
We see people buying one thing after another...like shopping is some kind of god.
Addiction of everything is around.
Where's the addiction for the Lord?
All we want is more, more of everything on this earth.
If we look overseas,
We see people on their knees
Persecution is in their lives yet they find joy in Him
Look at us!
Can we not be ashamed?
Where is our love?
Where is our passion?
May God bless those people, for they will be rewarded
May we bless you Lord,
How I long for you, and I long for these people to see you...
face to face
I pray that one day I help bless those people overseas
while my light here, shines brighter still as well
Thank you Lord. I love you."
I look at my daughter's life and example and she doesn't even try. She doesn't preach or push or argue with people about Christ. She just radiates Him. People are drawn to her because of her light. Oh, Jesus, may I just simply be your light and love. May people be drawn to that light like a moth drawn to a flame. And may I be ready to talk You and be You when they do come.
In His perfect love, Chanin