"[Yahweh] upholds the cause of the oppressed and gives food to the hungry. Yahweh sets the prisoners free, Yahweh gives sight to the blind, Yahweh lifts up those who are bowed down, Yahweh loves the righteous. Yahweh watches over the alien and sustains the fatherless and the widow, but he frustrates the ways of the wicked" (Psalm 146.7-9)
On Sunday and Thursday nites hundreds of homeless people in the city of Tucson assemble in an open, dusty, empty lot between a hotel and an auto parts store. Here a group of Christians gather to provide a meal, try to meet some clothing needs and try to get to know people from all walks of life. This past Thursday nite we had an old fashioned cookout and Palo Verde's own blue grass band for dinner and a show. Here are a few photos of this week's adventurous journey.
"Blessed are you who hunger now, for you will be satisfied" (Luke 6.21a)
"All they asked was that we should continue to remember the poor, the very thing I was eager to do" (Galatians 2.10)
"I saw the tears of the oppressed--and they have no comforter; power was on the side of their oppressors" (Ecclesiastes 4.1)
"If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother and sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in him?" (1 John 3.17)
"Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these" (Matthew 19.14)
"Is anyone happy? Let him sing songs of praise" (James 5.13)
"At his gate was laid a beggar name Lazarus, covered with sores and longing to eat what fell from the rich man's table" (Luke 16.20-21)
"Supply him liberally from your flock, your threshing floor and your winepress. Give to him as the LORD your God has blessed you." (Deuteronomy 15.14)
It is our prayer that we participate in God's Year of Jubilee ...