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Jesus…outside the liquor store December 18, 2008

Filed under: homeless — allyberg @ 8:4 7

homeless-man-1-bw-big.jpgyesterday my sister-in-law, Tammy, all eight of our children, and myself were out running errands when we saw a homeless man on the corner.  this wasn’t shocking to us as we see them quite often in our part of the city.  but this time we were really excited.  not excited that he was cold.  not excited that he was tired, weary, and without.  but we were excited that our plan of action was coming to fruition.

you see as we started to plan who we wanted to bake cookies for this season (cause that is what you do at Christmas time when you have girls everywhere), we put the homeless at the top of our list.  this man, and so many like him, were on our minds.  it didn’t surprise me that the girls were very excited about it!  they started making little tags for the bags.  they wrote sweet messages and Scriptures in adorable child-like penmanship.  after much fun work, we had our little baggies ready to give away.  the plan?  put the bags in our cars and when we pull up to a homeless person on the corner, roll the window down and hand it to him.

as we headed out yesterday with our baggies in the van (yes, i said van…mini-van, that is!) , we had to make a stop at a gas station.   to our amazement our “least of these” was among us.  the two oldest girls and i got out of the van with excitement.  it was the moment we had thought about for two weeks.  as we approached  him, i called him “sir” and reached for his arm.  i loved being able to touch him with the love of Christ.  i began to tell him that we made some Christmas cookies and wanted him to have some.  he smiled very big and said thank you.  i then explained that there were McDonald’s dollars inside the baggies for him, and a look of relief/gratitude came over him.  he put his head down for a second then looked all three of us square in the eyes, and said “I love you.”  WOW!  i really felt like Jesus looked me in the eyes…flesh and blood…and said “I love you.”  i told him we loved him too…and with a “may God bless you” and a smile we walked away.  we got back in our mini-van and watched him as we finished up at the gas station.  he stared at the baggies and then put one hand in the air as if to thank his Father for showing him His love one cold day in December. and i sat in my warm van and  thanked my Father for telling me He loved me one cold day in December, right there…outside the liquor store.

oh how i want to hear my Father say I fed Him when He was hungry!  maybe next time i will just have the guts or maybe the courage to invite a stranger in… (Matthew 25:35-36)

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13 Responses to “Jesus…outside the liquor store”

  1. Julie Salisbury Says:

    Wow, what a story. It brought tears to my eyes. We all need to re-focus ou thoughts not only this time of year, but all year round. Keep on touching lives and hopefully this will inspire others to do the same.

  2. I’m first to comment! 🙂

    y’all are awesome. So glad to know the bergstrom family! You busy friday night?

  3. Justin Hawkins Says:

    Wow… Sometimes it seems these things only happen in storybooks. What a great lesson for the girls.

  4. ash Says:

    What a beautiful expression of God’s love…through you and your girls to this man…and through him back to you.

    welling up in Nashville…

  5. Lisa Says:

    Hey AllyGirl! What a great way that you are bringing up your babies to know how God loves and cares for us all! It’s so exciting that we GET to be used by Him! Way to be obedient and serve our Lord!
    Merry CHRISTmas!

  6. KETRIC Says:

    Wow!!! Please write a book. I love your fam so much!

  7. Amy Storms Says:

    What a great story, and what a great mom!

  8. Nikki SUE!!! Says:

    agreed about the book^^^ you really should write a book..
    coool story. exciting, woohoo JESUS

  9. Julianne Brimner Says:

    Oh, Ally…thanks for smearing my mascara (just kidding…you know me of little makeup). Seriously it blessed me…hope you don’t mind, but I am going to bless others with it tomorrow night when we have a minister’s wives get together at my house. We are caroling first and I sure wish you and your four girls were here to go with us. Love you bunches and thank you for loving others with the love of Jesus.

  10. Rhonda Spaulding Says:

    Ally, what a great first post! What a great idea and what a blessing to that man and you and your girls. At church the other day our pastor was talking about the economy and how we have opportunities to share Jesus like no other generation since the Great Depression. We have lived in such abundance and have come to expect it. Thank you so much for sharing!

  11. Theresa Says:

    What a wonderful way to teach your girls! Isn’t it amazing how blessed you feel when God gives you an opportunity to serve others!

    I look forward to more of your posts!!

  12. i love this story… what a fantastic idea. there are quite a bit of homeless around our church and i always try to pick them up some food when the kids are with me so they can see the intentionality of being kind!

    can’t wait for you to get here!

  13. Ally,
    This post is so at the heart of who we long to be in our home. Thanks so much for having this heart. I miss you and Blake more than you can know and I look forward to March when we get to hang out in Nashville. Until then we are praying for you guys and love you both dearly.


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