Meet Rosa

They call her God-mama or Auntie. Rosa knows everyone and tries to watch out for the people around her. They listen to her. They respect her.

We met her standing on the middle of the cracked sidewalk, her arms filled with shopping bags, bundles of clothes and a couple plastic hangers. At first she seemed hesitant to talk to us. With only water and conversation to offer, she asked why we didn’t have food to give anyone. “So many Christians worry about what homeless people are going to do with the money,” she said. “Doesn’t it say in the bible that you should give regardless?”

Through stilted conversation we found out that she likes Faygo grape soda and shrimp flavored ramen noodles. So we went to the corner store and had an impromptu picnic on the curb. Rosa is 60 years old and still discovering the passions that God put in her heart. When she was younger, she enjoyed teaching the bible to young children; it’s evident that even today, that passion lingers. During our conversation she challenged me to read the book of Daniel and contemplate what purpose God used Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego for. In fact, she told me to write her a paragraph about it and bring it next Sunday. Rosa still teaches.

During our curbside conversation, Rosa shared her life with me. She told me about her family, her teenage years, and some of the difficulties she encountered growing up. We spoke about the Potter and the Clay in Jeremiah 18 and how God’s hands are never removed from our lives, no matter the trials that we face. We spoke of the difference between happiness and joy – how true joy can only be found in Jesus. We spoke about several of the trials we had encountered – some of them very similar – and how God even uses them for His good. And every time, it was Rosa reassuring me of these things.

“We’re all the same,” said Rosa. “Black or white, homeless or not – we were all created by God, and He gave us all a heart.”

Lift up Rosa in prayer this week as you think of her:
1. That family relationships might be healed – that they might all be able to trust each other once again.
2. That she might never fail her granddaughter, someone she considers to be the most important person in her life.
3. That God reveal what His purpose is for her life.
4. That she may stay healthy and strong – that her cancer remain in remission.


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