"Whatever house you enter, say, Peace to this house.
Stay in that house, and don't move from house to house."
There's a corner store we start out from every day we come to Jesus Street. Its a humble shop, and what I mean is that you probably wouldn't ever go in there. Well, at least not when we started. But that is the house we entered from the start and spoke "Peace to this house", and prosperity strength and security to the hands of those who worked there.
This store had always matched the spirit of poverty at work in the neighborhood. The shelves barely had anything on them. The walls were covered in twenty years of dirt over something that might have been white at one point. It was a dark store when you walked in, lit by one flourescent ceiling light and whatever came in through the dirty window in the front door. The door itself carried the dirt from a thousand hands that pushed it open over the years. The floor was covered with scraps of old tiles worn all the way through, making it look like you just might fall through. It had been a depressing place serving depressed people who go there to feed their addictions and continue their sad lives.
But, our friend Muneer has started working there in the last month and he's totally changing the store. The shelves are fully stocked with food and snacks. Now there's a fresh coat of bright blue paint all around. Now the ceiling lights all work and make the place actually feel good. The new white floor and functioning lights and clean windows make the store a bright spot in the neighborhood. The same people go there still, but maybe they can look up now and say, "huh, seems better..."
Muneer and Jude
We feel like Muneer has a gift and that even though people who come in don't have hope, he gives them something that makes them feel better than when they came in. No one had benefited from the store before. Now our friend Otha is working there, and he's hired electricians and painters. He's even painting the outside of the store.
Maybe he'd like to commission some artwork for the outside wall of the building....
Maybe we would! I have some ideas for some prophetic artwork for this community to behold whenever they look at this store.
For thus says the LORD God of Israel concerning the houses of this city...
'Behold, I will bring to it health and healing;
and I will reveal to them an abundance of peace and truth.
It will be to Me a name of joy, praise and glory before all the nations of the earth
which will hear of all the good that I do for them,
and they will fear and tremble because of all the good and all the peace that I make for it.'