A few wistfully warm summers ago, a small green finch flew into a closed window. It fell as if dead. The watcher looked on and said to the Creator…’you saw it fall, you can lift it up again if you want’. Nothing happened. The bird twitched, but lay there.
Then a quiet voice said to the watcher. “Go. You are my hands and feet. Reach out to that little finch. I do want it lifted up. “. The watcher rose…got a cardboard box, filled with soft rags and a saucer of water. Gently he lifted the bird into the box, splashed a little water and left the finch to rest. Two hours later, that bird arose, drank and flew off. The watcher had witnessed the lesson. “I cared for that little bird so much that I put you there to care also.”
February 22nd is the UGM's “Coldest Night of the Year” Canada wide walkathon. Are you a watcher, or are you a doer? Are you waiting for other captains and other walkers to sign up to participate? Does the word “Coldest” fill you with trepidation?
For many of our homeless, our street guests and recovering addicts, they may be experiencing a finch, glass like moment. The reflection of what the world was offering enticed them into a head long embrace, only to be hit by a wave of trauma, a push back of pain and a bucket load of rejection. There was no answer to that pain until Jesus intervened.
Yes it may be cold on that night, but the warmth of Jesus Christ, His love and His beautiful tender compassion can be channeled through your hands and feet! We so would value your presence, your support and your gifts for this event.
Is that quiet voice challenging you? Is Matthew 26:46 the call you have been waiting for? Every person and child we serve is a tremendous honour. Come share with us! Sign up or donate today: https://cnoy.org/location/winnipegnorthdowntown