I am sure many of you will have seen the recent TV series in which Paul O’Grady spent time with the Salvation Army and joined in with much of their work. Paul spent time with the homeless, addicts, the terminally ill and refugees in Greece.
I have always admired the work of the Salvation Army where Christian belief is very much put into practice. The letter of James says “faith without works is dead”. We should all think about how we “walk the talk”.
As I write this it will soon be Christian Aid week when Christians will think particularly about the plight of many people in Bangladesh. I hope that Tabor will be able to contribute towards that work.
Much nearer to home, of course, is the opportunity for us to all put our faith into practice by supporting the local Food Bank. Sometimes our collection bin has little in it. It would be good if Tabor Methodist could increase its giving in this area. Peoples’ lives can change in an instant and often through no fault of their own.
When Paul O’Grady was in Greece working with the refugees, one passer-by became very vociferous, telling the refugees to return to their own country. The Captain who was with Paul commented that she hoped that if something happened in the UK forcing many to leave, we would be welcomed elsewhere. Paul himself commented “these are human beings.” All who are in need are “God’s children” and by helping them we help Christ.
I always recall the words written above the place in Mother Teresa’s home to which the dying were brought … four words: “the body of Christ”.
Margaret, Trustee of Tabor