I have discussed people living on the streets some lately, homeless if you will but no matter what you call them, they are way too many folks in this situation and for the life of me I don’t have the answer.
Yes some may like living out there with no responsibilities, others may be just druggies or drunks you may try to tell me, but I know in my heart that the majority of people in these situations would rather be anywhere but under that overpass, sleeping on the ground or inside their cars.
Talking to my Mom last night got me to thinking on this subject once again, inside the school she works at she had the chance to be inside the nurses office when a first grader came in to see the nurse for a minor problem, the nurse attended to him and during this time they noticed how dirty and thin his clothes were, the shoes on his feet were actually wrapped with tape holding the soles and the uppers together, the little boy mentioned that his family didn’t have a home anymore and these were the only shoes he had, needless to say my Mom sprang into action and a short time later there were seven pairs of shoes sitting in the nurses office, this little boy got himself a brand new pair of shoes and so did his Kindergarten age brother, the remaining five pairs went to other needy children within the school.
The next day she came upon one of the men who also works at the school, he had found two young children sitting outside in the freezing cold waiting for school to open, a young girl in the fourth grade and her brother who is in the first, the little girl was wearing only a lightweight windbreaker to shield her from the temperatures which were in the teens, it was about forty-five minutes before they were supposed to unlock the doors for students but rather than leave these children outside they were let in and to make a long story short the little girl was wrapped with a warm jacket and given a pair of gloves from my moms pocket, another pair of shoes were given to a young girl who only had sandals and a large smile was beaming behind the waving gloved hand of a young girl as she bid my Mom goodbye when she left school for the day.
These are just a few examples of children in but one school in our great nation, I am told that many only get meals at school thus leaving them doing without from Friday until Monday when they come back to school, now my concern is that a two week break is coming up for Christmas and a whole lot of us will throw away a lot more food than some of these folks will see. As I said I don’t have the answer but ask for you to pray for these people who are doing without, and if you can spare anything at all to help someone who really needs you please do so, donate food for the local food bank, or give that homeless couple on the corner a few dollars, donate coats, shoes, and such to your church or give that little kid who has the frozen hands your gloves, it will be well worth it if only to see that smile behind the gloved hand waving goodbye to you.
Christmas is a time for giving and who better to give to than those who are really in need, just think there was once a little boy who started out in this world homeless so to say, born in a manger as the story goes and became our savior, so with this said leads me to think, Wasn’t Jesus Homeless once? Kind of makes you feel differently about looking down on them, doesn’t it?