I want to be a thistle farmer.
This blog post is written by Becca Stevens, the founder of Magdalene House, a two year home for women struggling with addiction and living on the streets. The women are lavished with love, given free therapy, and become a part of a non profit bath and body oil company called Thistle Farms to help them get on their feet. (read about a former resident’s renewal here)
Becca Stevens has such a graceful, humble heart toward these women that I wish to emulate in my own life toward prostitutes and harlots. I will never forget these words I once heard from a woman who works with pregnant homeless women: “We never let anyone volunteer unless they are able to understand that if circumstances were different, this could easily be them.”
One of my best friends was telling me about a 17 year old girl she knows who has grown up in a Christian family, but recently got pregnant out of wedlock. Her parents kicked her out of the house. Kicked her out of the house. Her, and their unborn grandchild. They may claim to be Christians, but they certainly are not Christlike.
Have we forgotten the story of Mary Magdalene?
And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.” John 8:2-11
I pray that the Lord will lead me into acts of selfless service, and that He will help me to never cast judgment on another woman until I have walked in her shoes.