There is a song titled “Do Something” by Matthew West that is simply awesome. The entire song will really reach out and grab you, but one part in particular will really make you stop and rethink what your life is all about.

It goes like this:

I woke up this morning and saw a world full of trouble now.

Thought, how’d we ever get so far down and how’s it ever gonna turn around.

So I turned my eyes to Heaven.

I thought, “God, why don’t You do something?”

Well, I just couldn’t bear the thought of people living in poverty,

Children sold into slavery … the thought disgusted me,

So I shook my fist at Heaven,

Said, “God, why don’t You do something?”

He said, “I did. … I created you”

There is a legend about a statue of Jesus in Europe that lost its hands and feet in the bombings of World War II. (I have never been able to verify it, but the story keeps coming up.) Teresa of Avila, a 16th-century saint and mystic, wrote, “Christ has no body now but yours. No hands, no feet on earth but yours. Yours are the eyes through which he looks compassion on this world. Yours are the feet with which he walks to do good. Yours are the hands through which he blesses all the world. Yours are the hands, yours are the feet, yours are the eyes, you are his body. Christ has no body now on earth but yours.” The legend of the statue says that this was put on the base instead of replacing the hands and feet.

Several years ago, Highland Park UMC took this sentiment seriously. While we serve every day in many ways, we decided to take one day when we would all join together as the Body of Christ and be his hands and feet in Florence. We decided to do this on a Sunday. It was a day when we knew we could get the most people together.

Some people have asked me, as pastor of the church, how we could take a Sunday, a Sabbath day, to do work. I answer simply that is what Jesus did. The people who wrote his story recorded it several times (see Matthew 12, Mark 3, Luke 6 and 13, John 9). Working for the good of others, loving them as Jesus loved us, is a high form of worship. As a matter of fact, when Jesus talked about who would enter heaven in Matthew 25, he did not say a word about our worship but a lot about what we do or do not do for those in need.

So we worship by loving those whom Jesus loves. And strangely enough, we find when we do, we run into Jesus himself.

Sunday is our Hands and Feet Day at Highland Park, 1300 Second Loop Road. We will meet at the church for a few minutes at 9 a.m. to sing a song of praise, offer prayers for the day and then go out into our community to serve others.

We invite you to join us. Dress casually, ready to work to show others God’s love. You do not have to believe as we do. All we ask is that you love as we do. If you do that, you are the Hands and Feet of Jesus.

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Michael B. Henderson is the minister at Highland Park United Methodist Church in Florence and a member of the Morning News’ Faith & Values Advisory Board. Contact him at fvboard@florencenews.com.

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