A homeless person was killed on the streets of Kansas City this past month and a church full of homeless people eating a good home-cooked meal mourned his death. Who knows why he was homeless? A hard-core skeptic might say it was because he chose all the wrong paths in life. But a moderate skeptic would say that he got down and just didn’t have the strength to get up again.
Would he have had the strength with help from others? According to the pastor at the weekly dinner, the man WAS on his way up. He had just gotten a job and saved enough money to give the pastor of the church a little of it. The true story reminds this skeptic of the widow in the Bible who gave what little she could afford, which turns out is more in the eyes of the Lord than a rich person who didn’t give all he could.
Inspiration also comes from a young girl at the church dinner for the poor and homeless who was SO excited about a pair of pajamas she received in her sack of clothes. It gave pause to the skeptic, who wondered how many children in our own world would get excited about a used pair of pajamas. May God forgive us for having so many clothes in our dressers that we can’t even get the drawers shut good. And may God forgive us for teaching our children that name-brand clothes and shoes are actually important to our welfare and popularity.
How will our children react if this economy continues to spiral downward? And heaven forbid the cell phones, games and everything else digital and computerized should crash! We need, as parents and grandparents, to be teaching our children that being at HOME and having some FAMILY time is not a negative thing to do – and that conversations are really a good thing. Perhaps a good snowstorm is in order to get us started on that path.
If there is no family Bible to even dust off, you can go to the thrift shop and pick one up for 50 cents. Then, like the little girl relaxing in her new “used” pajamas, you can consider yourself rich indeed.