When The Table was just a few months old, I was grilling up some burgers and hotdogs for our weekly Table gathering. I was greatly anticipating eating, sharing, singing, and learning together with friends over the next couple of hours. I knew what I had prepared for that night. It was going to take every bit of the 2 hours to accomplish the event. Then it happened…
…At exactly 6:00pm on that Saturday night, a moving truck pulled into the house next door. As I was fighting through the smoke from the grill to finish up the burgers, I looked over to our new neighbor’s driveway and saw a blue Table shirt…then I saw another. Immediately, the guys from The Table went next door and unloaded our new neighbor’s possessions. As I look back on my experiences from an established church setting, I can’t think of a time when service times were ever pushed back to help a neighbor. As I joined in on the impromptu moving party, I had a chance to meet our awesome new neighbor and her son.
Today, we continue our walk through the steps to building bridges with those who are hurting, broken, lonely, and uninvited. Just like the guys from The Table in the early days saw a need and responded, we must also be willing to see the needs around us.
In the story of the Good Samaritan, one line stands out crystal clear to me:
Luke 10:33 “Then a despised Samaritan came along, and when he saw the man, he felt compassion for him."
Open your eyes today and see.
To listen to week 1 of The Bridge Builder series click here.