Invitation to Explore
Amanda Best discovered a passion for loving and advocating for lower-income communities through a series of events that led her to take a job as a case manager. There she helps people qualify for housing assistance. Now she can’t imagine working in any other field. When you reflect upon your life, what passions has God given you that you have discovered along the way?
Scripture to Study
The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, because the LORD has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound; to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn; to grant to those who mourn in Zion— to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit; that they may be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he may be glorified. (Isaiah 61:1–3)
A Prayer to Lead You
Father, You know that at times we can feel isolated and alone. Help us to discover a sense of belonging in the world as we move toward others who are also isolated and lonely. Give us a passion for the well-being of others. Open our hearts to the people you have placed before us. In Christ’s name, Amen.
A Practice to Begin
When discussing the struggles of homelessness in our society, Amanda explains that she became an advocate after learning about the people who experience homelessness. Homeless people are often treated as invisible in our society, the tendency is to look away. What might it mean for you to begin to see homeless people and learn about the challenges and struggles that community experiences? How might you begin to pray differently? How might you begin to serve that community?
Questions to Answer
Amanda discusses how she is still becoming, as she recognizes her own brokenness, and the value of finding a sense of belonging. As you reflect upon what God is doing in your life, where do you see yourself becoming more of who God wants you to be? What is God doing in your life that surprises you, inspires you, and gives you hope that you are becoming the person He wants you to be?
Resources to Help
Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond