A Wife Loved Like The Church

Wanna Bag ‘O Grace?

Posted on: February 24, 2011

If you drive through any major intersection in Austin you will notice one thing: homeless people. Standing along the road with signs, begging for food or money. Rain or shine, they are always there. In fact, one of the best know Austinites is homeless – his name is Leslie. He’s even run for mayor. The homeless roam the streets, and the ones near the University have earned less-than-kind nicknames. I remember in college buying bags of candy to hand out while I walked down “The Drag“.

Six years later and I’m still handing out bags to the homeless. Only these have more purpose.

Our missional community {i.e. small group} banded together to make Bags ‘O Grace – large bags filled with water, crackers, canned goods, etc., to hand out when we pass by the homeless. In each bag there is a small note that simply says: Christ Loves You. No tracks. No come-to-our-service invites. Just simply a bag full of grace.

I, personally, haven’t seen any homeless come to Christ because of the bags. But I’ve seen some incredible changes – in my life. And in my kids’ lives. At every intersection, Julia says “Mom, does that man/woman need a bag? Mom give them a bag.” It isn’t always possible – the light changes too soon, or we are too far away. But each time, it opens up conversation. Each time it allows my kids to see a glimpse of grace – giving love when love isn’t earned. It forces me out of my comfort zone to acknowledge the hurting world around me and too find ways {even small} to reach out to them.

What is your bag ‘o grace?

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17 Responses to "Wanna Bag ‘O Grace?"

What a blessing! Sometimes I share a snack if we happen to have food with us, but it would be great to be so intentional. Thanks for sharing this idea. =)

I love this! I’m going to think about how I can do something similar, unfortunately where I live I ‘ve been seeing a lot more panhandlers lately, this would be such a great way to say I care! Thanks for the idea!!!

That’s awesome, especially that the girls are actively involved. ๐Ÿ˜€

wow, great idea! ๐Ÿ™‚

I love this! What a blessing you are. ๐Ÿ™‚

Fun catching up on your blogs….GREAT job on your half-marathon!! So proud of you and for rewarding yourself with deliciousness afterwards!

Thanks ladies! The girls and I were able to pass out a few bags on our drive up to Ft Worth this afternoon. It opened up some really good talks between me and Julia. ๐Ÿ™‚

I love this! I walked past homeless people everyday in Aberdeen and in San Diego too. They always asked for money, which I never had because I never carry cash on me. I did want to do something, though. I just didn’t know what. I think this is an excellent idea!

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Wonderful idea! I used to live in an area where I could count on there being needy folk hitch hiking up my road. These would have been great to have with me.

I wrote about a similar idea over a year ago! I love the idea behind it, and the nonjudgmental compassion that it shows!

http://jeniallen.blogspot.com/2010/01/tilt-care-packages-for-homeless.html

I’ve heard this idea before and always think I should do it. But I haven’t. Why not? Why haven’t I??? I am putting this on my actual to-do list (as opposed to my when-I-get-around-to-it-someday-maybe list) now!!

Glad y’all love this idea! Although, I take no credit for coming up with it. ๐Ÿ™‚

Jeni – awesome that you’ve been doing something like this too!

What a practical way to give grace … and get the kids involved and thinking and giving! Love it!

What an awesome ministry! I’m sure God is using these in people’s lives in ways you will never fully know in this lifetime at least!

I usually feel bad when I don’t help, but have heard so many stories about scammers pretending to be homeless, or monetary handouts being used to buy drugs or alcohol. This is a beautiful way to truly help those who truly need and a priceless gift you are giving your children.

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