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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 15, 2020

“I’d like to dwell on one point. This is the moment to see the poor. Jesus says we will have the poor with us always, and it’s true. They are a reality we cannot deny. But the poor are hidden, because poverty is bashful. In Rome recently, in the midst of the quarantine, a policeman said to a man: “You can’t be on the street, go home.” The response was: “I have no home. I live in the street.” To discover such a large number of people who are on the margins…. And we don’t see them, because poverty is bashful. They are there but we don’t see them: they have become part of the landscape; they are things…. To “see” the poor means to restore their humanity. They are not things, not garbage; they are people.”

Pope Francis

Devotion: written by Kathryn Hodges

‘Come to me all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart and you will find rest for your souls.’
>>> Fatigue, true fatigue is incapacitating. One feels listless and unable to motivate to get what was usually normal done. Fatigue can be physical and it can be mental. It can be the result of medical treatment, depression or a medical condition to name a few. Often it is out of one’s immediate control. However, it is very real. Many times , combatting it is out of the question without God’s help.
>>> Knowing God is with us ALL the time gives us strength when we feel the least powerful, when change is beyond our ability to muster the energy to do what needs to be done. God’s continued presence gives us hope that we will recover from the depths of fatigue and life will very slowly return to normal.
>>> God helps us cope in a variety of ways. He speaks to us as we lie quietly exhausted. He might direct a friend, acquaintance or church member to give us an unexpected call. He might send us an inspiration about how to maximize our energy or decrease our responsibilities.
>>> Hope is the driving factor and God’s Love supports us as we struggle to have the strength to move on toward better days.
>>> Jeremiah 31:25 I will refresh the weary and all who are faint.

Kathryn Hodges is one of GHCCM’s valued volunteers.  Her and her husband Jim take great care of our landscape.  She also volunteers regularly with mailings and correspondence.

From Antonio

“While my wife suffered with cancer and I had to stop work to care for her, CCM helped us with our rent payments, utilities, a wheelchair, and food. They have adopted our family to help with Christmas. My wife has suddenly passed. Although my heart is overwhelmingly sad, because of CCM I’m at peace. Not only did CCM provide financial help, but they provided ‘human support’ through love and prayer with me. They have given me peace and comfort so I can move forward with taking care of my daughter and go back to work to support her. I have never experienced as much community support as I have received at CCM.” Matthew 25 (excerpt): “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat. I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink. I was a stranger and you invited me in”.

From A.H. (condensed)

“I had not been taking my meds but once every 3 days to make it last – my 71 years old husband has the only income from Social Security. After we pay rent – power, gas, phone – we don’t have any money left. If it wasn’t for the food at the GHCCM Nutrition Center and getting to see the doctor at the GHCCM Medical Center, we would have to do without. Also, I was able to get my flu shot. And the Pharmacy calls me to let me know that my meds are ready for pick-up. I hope and pray for all of you. I know how much you help people like me who would been doing without if it wasn’t for this place. Please Please know that!!! Everybody here (GHCCM) that help people treat me with so much respect. Even though we get meds, food, and doctor and have not enough money to pay. I do try to give a little when I can in hopes it helps the next person who has less than me and my husband. thank you.”

Story related by one of the Whole Life Center Staff (Health and Wellness)

“One of the homeless ladies from the Diabetes Class has been assisted recently by the GHCCM Neighbor Engagement Team (NET) to try to get into an apartment. She said she was “really tired of living this (homeless) lifestyle”. The lady told me (staff) that she wanted to “start all over”. She said she would like to learn how to prepare the foods that we taught in class so she can fix them for the ladies she is going to invite over for Bible Study after she gets moved in!! This brought tears to my eyes!! I thought “Wow”! I was really amazed she had begun thinking along those lines! She has requested prayer for herself and her situation several times.  It has been shared this morning that the lady is finally getting to move in to her apartment!! She has a lot of challenges to overcome, but with lots of support and encouragement she can make it!!! We never know what “transformation” can and will come out of this situation!”