Today I Met a Homeless Person

She sat next to me in church. She has a young daughter who lives with her at Union Gospel Mission. I had no idea they were “homeless” until she told me, with air quotes as she said the word.

She and her daughter are articulate, engaging, pleasant and fit right in with our Lenten Covenant group. She is recently divorced and starting over… seeking Christ and community in this season to help her make the right start.

But her present accommodations put her and her child in the midst of people who are enmeshed in the illegal drug culture and addiction. Thus far, she has kept to herself in distaste and disgust at their disease. But she wonders whether she is not there for a purpose other than her own.

Here is a “homeless” person with a child to protect. But she knows she has something that her “bunkmates” don’t and feels compelled to share it. She knows the answer to “WWJD?” is to reach out and engage, because even in her crisis, it’s not all about her.

I think she has made the right start already.

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    • Chris
    • March 29th, 2011

    What a touching observation! We are the wealthiest (or most wasteful) generation on the earth. How can we touch this person and her daughter to make a difference? I know that I don’t do enough on a daily basis. Perhaps Paula’s tender observation is a perfect beginning of something good.

    • Tim
    • March 27th, 2011

    So sad for so many people that are recently in that position. Makes me think of this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=twAfqFwkKwc

    • Cora
    • March 27th, 2011

    I know the lady you’ve mentioned. Your insights are “spot on”. God works in mysterious ways.

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