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Vignettes of Hope: New Life

Acts 9:36-43, NRSV


Standing in line, marking time
Waiting for the welfare dime
‘Cause they can’t buy a job
The man in the silk suit hurries by
As he catches the poor old ladies’ eyes
Just for fun he says, “get a job”
That’s just the way it is
Some things will never change
That’s just the way it is
Ah, but don’t you believe them

— Bruce Hornsby, The Way It Is

  • A piece of clothing that meant so much for others: when Peter visited town of Joppa, widows were weeping and showing him clothing Tabitha made before she passed away
  • There would be conservative Christians questioning when Jesus or Gospel is mentioned while work of caring for the poor is done
  • There are progressive Christians who would agree and affirm with the work, but not actually doing it or giving sacrificially themselves
  • Churches cannot be giving up, cannot be telling ourselves that’s the way it is; we need to have doors opened for the poor


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