For a few reasons … homelessness is on my mind.
First, I’m reading What Difference Do it Make?
by Ron Hall and Denver Moore. Moore was homeless for a portion of his life. His writing is priceless and convicting. (come back on the 6th for Winning Wednesday and you could win a copy!)
Also, my husband Jerry and I meet weekly with a group of friends to laugh, eat and study the Bible. Tomorrow night, the group is cooking for a homeless shelter in our local city.
I care about people. It makes me sad when I think of someone hungry and not having a home to live in. I help others, mostly from a distance. I give money and write a quarterly newsletter for a children’s home in Africa.
And when I think of the homeless in the city 10 miles from my house. I think we (and by ‘we’ I really mean someone other than me) should do something to help. Sad to say, my thoughts are probably closer to this quote by Lingle, governor of Hawaii, than I care to admit.
We have come dangerously close to accepting the homeless situation as a problem that we just can’t solve.
– Linda Lingle
So, if the problem can’t be solved, why even try? I mean, how can I, one person, make a difference? Plus, I don’t know how to connect with homeless people. What do I say? How can I help? Blah, blah, blah …
Then I read this …
People who are homeless are not social inadequates. They are people without homes. – Sheila McKechnie
So that means my earlier questions aren’t even valid because they are people just like me … hmmm
Its soo sad that I need to have this conversation with myself…
Pray for me tomorrow – pray I can mix some love into my large pot of chicken noodle soup (using the best PA dutch recipe I have!) while gaining some awareness and understanding about “loving others as I love myself.”
I need help – do you help people without homes? If so, what do you do?