I think of the summers in Arizona and how people who do not need to leave the comfort of their air conditioned homes stay inside most of the day and venture out in the evening. While these people are safe inside, exposure to the hot summer days takes a toll on the homeless and elderly. We hear of people sleeping away into death because their air conditioning was broken or they got outside and dehydrated and suffered a sun stroke.
What we don’t hear about are the people outside the church or those who have not heard about God’s love and grace are dying a slow death from fear, distrust, bad habits or addictions. We can’t sit in the comfort of a pew or our LazyBoy chair and expect someone else to take care of them or invite them to come to church.
Once, I was part of a project to hand water out to people on the streets of Las Vegas. It seemed simple enough to take several liters of bottled water and head down the street looking for someone who looked thirsty. I found it hard to do because of the message labeled on the bottles: “Come to me all who thirst.” I’m ashamed at my lack of confidence in sharing God’s word with a stranger on the street.
Lord, help us get out of our comfort zone and help others come to you. Amen.