This week I happen to be preaching on the story of Jesus engaging the “woman at the well” in a town in Samaria. For this meeting to take place, Jesus had to cross racial, religious, cultural, and even gender barriers. When the disciples found Jesus talking to the woman, they were shocked. Yet the meeting transformed the woman and her town.
Last Tuesday evening, I helped greet about 140 folks who came to take part in the weekly meals we’ve been serving through our partnership with our friends at Outreached Arms. There were about 100 guests who came to eat and about 40 volunteers who came to serve.
It was a glimpse of what Jesus was doing that day so long ago.
An executive from England in town for a corporate meeting spent the evening chatting over a meal with the homeless from Pittsburgh.
A company president so enjoyed engaging the guests that he forgot to have anything to eat himself.
Volunteers who spanned three generations served guests who spanned three generations.
Some guests who came to eat helped serve.
Others stayed late to clean up.
Lawyers and engineers stacked tables and chairs.
First time volunteers from the suburbs came because they had heard what God was doing here. They experienced the wonder of sitting down with the downtown homeless, and discovered they had more in common than they imagined.
It was a glimpse of the kingdom.