This blog is different from the others because I have a story to tell. I thought it might encourage you to know that even the smallest gestures of love towards people in need makes a huge difference.
In the past few years it has been my practice to keep Care Kits for the homeless in my car in case I come in contact with a person in need. When I first started handing out Care Kits, I was afraid that I might be in danger, but never the less I decided to take the risk. At first I just rolled down my window and asked if the Care Kit would help and of course the reply was always yes. I would then hand them the bag and drive on. After a while I started introducing myself and asking their name which made all the difference. I felt connected and more empathetic.
As I was driving home from work and came to my exit, I noticed a young woman standing at the roadside with a homeless sign. As I inched closer I motioned for her to come to my car but she didn't see me. I honked my horn to get her attention and then again motioned her over. This can prove to be a tense situation since you only have a few minutes before the light changes. With mask and sign in hand, she carried what looked to be a small but heavy backpack. As she approached my car I introduced myself Then I said, "I hope this helps". I asked her what her name was. She excitedly said her name, thanked me and headed back to her spot. As she walked, she began to rummage through the care kit and found a pack of peanut butter crackers. With shaky hands she fumbled to open the pack and shoved a cracker into her mouth while at the same time dropping her mask and sign on the ground. She quickly picked up her sign and mask and hid her face behind the sign as the crowd of staring spectators watched. Her desperation for food was obvious and I began to tear up. Was anyone else seeing what I was seeing, I thought to myself? I watched as she regained her composure. The light turned green and the cars began to move. My eyes were fixed on her. I wanted to connect with her once more. As I passed I waved and what she did next left me sobbing. She crossed her chest, bowed her head and curtsied. I spent the rest of my trip home crying and praying. Praying that she would be okay.
Call to Action
Everyday we have the opportunity to be of service to those around us. To encourage them with respect no matter their condition. Here are some scriptures and resources that may help you if you choose to take action.
Meditate on Psalms and Proverbs
Proverbs 14:31 Whoever oppresses a poor man insults His maker. But he who is generous to the needy honors Him.
Psalm 82:4 Rescue the weak and the needy. Deliver them from the hand of the wicked.
Ponder the Scriptures
Matthew 5:42 Give to the one who begs from you and do not refuse the one who would borrow from you.
Romans 15:1 We who are strong have an obligation to bear the failures of the weak and not to please ourselves.
They will know we are Christians by Our Love ....sung by Justin Unger
Suggested items for a Homeless Care Kit