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Homeless people and people receiving welfare can get all the job training and all the help with dealing with issues of addiction, but getting and keeping a job in our society without a car is becoming harder and harder.


Weekly Reflection: Pastor Dana Reardon
August 22, 2005

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The Spirit drives a program forward

Sometimes you get a hint about how the Holy Spirit Works. And it is just like the rustling of the wind.

A while back several of the needypeople I help through money that the church has raised for my discretionary fund helped me to see how hard it is to turn your life around without a car. Homeless people and people receiving welfare can get all the job training and all the help with dealing with issues of addiction -- or whatever contributed to their situation -- but getting and keeping a job in our society without a car is becoming harder and harder. Bus routes dwindle because most of us have access to transportation.

About the same time that I was noticing this again, I was thinking about a program in which old cars are fixed up and given to needy people who can take them to work. This type of program has run successfully in other states, and in Rhode Island and elsewhere it is called the Good News Garage. While all this was going on, the head of the Good News Garage contacted our dean and invited himself to a meeting of the clergy in Rhode Island. So I already was seeing the Holy Spirit at work.

Just recently I read an article in the local paper about a woman who walked five miles to work, all the while juggling care for several children of her own and some others. From that article, calls and letters to help and a car came her way. I emailed the paper and congratulated them on the article and suggested that her story was just the tip of the iceberg. There are so many in a similar situation. I asked the newspaper to write about the Good News Garage, which they did.

The same day I got a call from someone in the Department of Human Services saying that they had been talking about the need for a program like this and could we work together.

I cannot help but see the way the Spirit is working with so many of us to help make something good happen for God's people.

It isn't even just about the cars. It is about people knowing that God cares and that God's people care.

All we do is stay connected to the Spirit and we get to be part of this great adventure of the Christian life.

I would love tohear your stories of the Spirit at work.

Lord, We thank you for your presence in our lives help us always to hear and to follow. Amen.

 

 

 Copyright (c) 2005, The Rev. Dana Reardon. All rights reserved. Used by permission. Email her at mspastor@aol.com.
 

The Rev. Dana Reardon is pastor at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, Warwick, RI.  A lifelong Lutheran, she came to ordained ministry after 21 years in nursing, mostly in pediatric intensive care.  She graduated from Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia in 1998 and served 4 years in Upstate New York before becoming a New Englander.  She is still trying to understand the accent.  While in the Upstate New York Synod she chaired the Stewardship Team.  That began her fascination with what makes stewards -- and more, what makes for generosity. She has three amazing daughters: Pastor Reardon says much of what she knows of life she learned from them.