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Peace on the Boulevard

Our media has recently been full of news stories reporting rampant murders, gang shootings, knife attacks, robberies, suicides, domestic violence and sexual assaults, on and around King George Boulevard, where NightShift serves. When Terror pushes its way into our homes and neighbourhoods it makes everyone pay. It creates a tsunami that smashes over innocent victims, their families and the surrounding community, leaving agony and heartache in its wake.

The perpetrator is Evil. A Bully. “It comes to steal and kill and destroy.” (John 10:10)

It threatens our well-being and floods our hearts with fear. It forces us to scan our terrain when we venture outside or keeps us cocooned inside to protect our safety.

Our shouts for justice fill the air. Our accusations take aim at police and city officials demanding law and order. But sadly our well-intentioned pleas can’t reverse the injustice or extradite the wickedness.

But our actions can. Individually and collectively we can made a difference. God has given us the power to retaliate against this bully by using the opposite spirit – Love.

“God didn’t give us a spirit that makes us weak and fearful. He gave us a spirit that gives us power and love…” (2 Timothy 1:7)

Love ‘shifts’ the atmosphere. It touches hearts. It soothes pain. It brings peace to chaos.

Not long ago, I witnessed this Love in action.

An elderly man, undoubtedly struggling with life, lay on the grass in a deep slumber just steps away from where I had parked by car. As I slid into my driver’s seat, my eyes caught a woman shuffling along the sidewalk pushing a shopping cart. She stopped unexpectedly, reached into her meagre bag, and silently bent over the snoring gentleman, and ever so gently balanced a muffin on a bag lying next to him! He was as oblivious to her presence as she was to mine. I could almost feel her heart smile.

random AOK - the muffin
I was so impacted by this Love in action; I had to capture it in a photograph. As I drove away, I pondered to myself what the world would be like if everyone performed one small act of loving kindness, such as this, to a stranger every day. It would conquer evil. It would eliminate fear. It would usher peace back into our communities.

“Love is patient. Love is kind. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices in the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, and always perseveres. Love never fails.”
(1 Corinthians 13)

Love wins out – all of the time! Our actions can force back the powers of evil. Love can enforce lasting change. What are we waiting for?

This is Love

Christmas strains bounce off my truck windows as my grandson throws his head back and belts out his renditions of “Away in a Manager” and “Jesus Loves Me,” while shouting ‘Happy Birthday Jesus!’ and ‘Merry Christmas ladies!’ to the two women travelling in the lane next to ours.

I wonder what goes on in the head of a three-year old, I ask myself, as we near our destination.

A question intersects my musings.

“Why is this Baby Jesus’ birthday, Nana?” as he gazes out the window. “Jesus is a big person, not a baby, right?” To which I answer, “Yes, He’s big now but He was a baby when He was born, just like you were.”

“Ohhh…” he replies thoughtfully and returns to watching the world whiz by from his child seat vantage point.

Seconds later, he probes again. “Nana, where does Jesus live now?” Stumped for a few seconds, I respond, “Well Henry, Jesus lives in your heart!”

“Ohhh…” and returns back to his ponderings.

Nativity scene snow globeHours later, I find Henry peering quietly and intently into a Nativity scene snow globe placed at the entrance of my sister’s home. He carefully points his little finger to Baby Jesus and inquires, “What is Baby Jesus’ mother’s name?”

“Mary,” my sister softly answers.

“Ohhh…” he lovingly whispers.

A sweet smile unfolds, his eyes twinkle and ever so softly, he leans in and gently places a tender kiss on the globe.

“Happy Birthday Jesus!”

Marvin Hunt’s Christmas Open House – 17 December 2013

At Marvin Hunt's Christmas Open House, Raman with Mac

picture courtesy Ingrid Roeske Good

Location: Surrey-Panorama Constituency Office, 120 – 5455 152nd Street
Date: Tuesday, 17 December, 2013 (3-6 pm)

We were so blessed that NightShift was the charity of choice for donations at MLA Marvin Hunt’s Christmas Open House next week.

Here is one of the younger volunteers, Raman, who received a copy of The Shift for her donation.