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What I'm Learning About ... Loving the "Least of These"

Three women describe their eye-opening experiences about God's love for the needy and his desire for them to do something about it

Jesus taught us the importance of loving the "least of these" when he told the parable of the Good Samaritan. We respond by asking God to open our eyes and hearts to those less fortunate, to those in need of God's touch. We say, "Use me, Lord, to be an instrument of your healing and peace and grace." But what does that really mean? And what if it means that we step out of our comfort zones? Here Today's Christian Woman contributors share their experiences in serving others.

Arloa Sutter still remembers the homeless man she met 20 years ago, one of thousands she's since helped. He wandered into the church-run storefront center she'd opened a few months earlier to provide hot coffee and a warm lunch for the street people in her Chicago neighborhood.

He complained that his feet hurt. So Arloa helped him remove his broken shoes and grimy, foul-smelling socks, then gently lifted his cracked and bleeding feet into a tub of warm water she'd brought over to him.

"As I knelt on the floor washing his feet, it hit me," she says. "I was in the presence of something beyond me or his stinky feet. I experienced an epiphany: This is what Jesus called us to do, to wash each other's feet. People ...

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