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Friday, March 04, 2005

A simple meal. I've really missed the Oasis meal (Wednesday evenings at Highland) since the wreck. It's a wonderful time for seeing beloved Highland people. But even more, it's becoming a place where strangers are welcomed and the hungry are fed. Recently I met a young man who came to Oasis because he was homeless and hungry. There he met people who loved him, taught him, baptized him, and helped him find his first job. Last week there was no Oasis meal because of ACU lectureship. The families of the children who survived the wreck have been meeting weekly on Wednesday nights, and that night we met at the building for a meal. A couple women were there who'd come to eat. They live in our neighborhood and had been invited to come. They were hungry. I watched a couple women from our group get them food, love on them, and send them out with a hug, inviting them back for the next Oasis meal. ACU students are walking our neighborhood, bringing people from the "highways and byways" to the meal. While the meal is always good and nutritious, it isn't Outback or Olive Garden or Rosa's. But here's what it is: a foretaste of a heavenly banquet that we shall one day gather around.

4 Comments:

  • Mike,
    I believe that God has bigger plans for the Oasis meal than we could have ever thought of. It is my favorite place to eat.
    What are you doing up at 3:44 in the morning, I pray that it is a peaceful time.

    By Blogger spot, at 3/04/2005 06:28:00 AM  

  • Oasis meals give me an opportunity to connect with those I wouldn't ordanarily get to. Either Highland members who sit in the "north congregation", or our honored guests. I would never go up to a table of strangers at Olive Garden or Rosa's and try to get to know what's on their hearts that day. "No one is a stranger here, everyone belongs"....... "Though unseen, He meets us here in the breaking of the bread"
    THANK YOU, HOLLY!

    By Blogger Sarah_RN, at 3/04/2005 07:07:00 AM  

  • Mike,

    I'm glad to be a part of a Community that does not "Turn Away" from the neighborhood folks.

    Below are song lyrics I've used in a talk on "Priesthood".

    It could be a first for Pink Floyd appearing in your blog!


    " On The Turning Away "

    On the turning away
    From the pale and downtrodden
    And the words they say
    Which we won't understand
    "Don't accept that what's happening
    Is just a case of others' suffering
    Or you'll find that you're joining in
    The turning away"

    It's a sin that somehow
    Light is changing to shadow
    And casting it's shroud
    Over all we have known
    Unaware how the ranks have grown
    Driven on by a heart of stone
    We could find that we're all alone
    In the dream of the proud

    On the wings of the night
    As the daytime is stirring
    Where the speechless unite
    In a silent accord
    Using words you will find are strange
    And mesmerized as they light the flame
    Feel the new wind of change
    On the wings of the night

    No more turning away
    From the weak and the weary
    No more turning away
    From the coldness inside
    Just a world that we all must share
    It's not enough just to stand and stare
    Is it only a dream that there'll be
    No more turning away?

    By Blogger Buster, at 3/04/2005 07:30:00 AM  

  • Mike, you've mentioned that you don't choose the scripture for your sermons, rather the scriptures choose you. Well, in that vein, may I say this subject sorta chose my heart.

    Just a couple of days ago, a dear friend at Highland and I decided to pray about a solution to the no-Oasis dates.

    Both of us agreed there should be no more burden placed on our gracious, hardworking Holly and her crew, than they already have.

    We also agreed that especially in the summertime, full meals wouldn't need to be necessary, even an ice cream social, or a hotdog and potato salad meal - that the main thing would be to give continuity to our connection with the neigborhood during the times Oasis usually is in hiatus.

    If you miss the meal and fellowship, can we imagine what our neighbors feel when there is no Oasis?

    So - you have at least a couple of people praying that we can find personnel and solutions that would allow us to continue the outreach to our community during school breaks.

    By Blogger Kathy, at 3/04/2005 02:46:00 PM  

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