Blessed to Be a Blessing

Blessed to Be a Blessing


by Cody Nygard, Director of Discipleship and Connection

The Highlands are the reason Erika and I moved to Louisville. Well… maybe also partly because Erika’s family is all here… and also partly because I took a position at St. Paul. But the Highlands were a big draw, nonetheless. This area is home to some of the most beautiful architecture, some of the most unique folks, and some of the best fun in our city. It is also home to some of the most in-need citizens of Louisville.

Every day at St. Paul, our homeless and in-need neighbors visit in order to receive food, clothing, help with transportation, and medical assistance. Although we cannot provide everything needed by everyone, our church offers what we can to whom we can. It always seems like too little.

Folks, something must change in our society.

One element of change that St. Paul actively participates in is the Touched Twice Health Clinic.

Once a year, we turn this church campus into a free clinic, where doctors and nurses, dentists and social workers, and tons and tons of volunteers come together to offer services to our brothers and sisters in need.On Saturday June 4, St. Paul will be transformed into the Touched Twice Clinic, and the lives of hundreds in the Highlands will experience Christ in us here. And for this one day, things are different for the families and individuals who come and receive the care they so desperately need.

And then the day is over. The volunteers go home. The church returns to the routine, and the streets of the Highlands become the bedrooms for so many who visited us at the Touched Twice Health Clinic.

Folks, something must change in our society.

For too long, we’ve turned a blind eye to our homeless and in- need brothers and sisters beyond the walls of the church. For too long, we’ve ignored the cries of the poor in need of something to eat or something to wear. In no way do I want to diminish the work that goes on at the Touched Twice Health Clinic once a year or the daily provisions St. Paul supplies to our regular visitors. But what systems and prejudices in our society left these people in such dire straits? Does the curse of birthplace hang over their heads like a spectre? Are they subject to the punishments of the poor decisions of their parents? Does the slavery of addiction preclude them from receiving mercy? Do they not need and deserve a second chance?

My brothers and sisters, we are of the spiritual family of Abraham, through whom, God said, “all the nations of the world will be blessed.” We must take our spiritual heritage seriously and never forget that in all things, we are blessed in order to be a blessing to others.

Please think and pray about volunteering at the Touched Twice Health Clinic. Your service here makes a difference in the lives of our guests. But even more than that, think, pray, and work to end poverty in our city. For we are of the lineage of Abraham; it is through us that God will bless the world.