Sunday, 14 April 2019

Homelessness: When a Picture is Worth a 1000 Words

I've got nothing!

No words. No explanations. No pat answers. No quasi feel-good Bible verses to make it all somehow okay. No, it's not okay.

I've got nothing but bewilderment. Man's inhumanity to man. Sigh.

Does God care? Yes, I have no doubt about that. Then why does He allow hunger and homelessness? Maybe the better question is: Why do we allow it? Hmm. I have no answers. I've got nothing; nothing but a reminder of something that Jesus once said, "Foxes have holes and the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head" (Mt.8:20). If Jesus walked the earth today, I wonder where we'd find him sleeping at the end of a long day? Oh God, have mercy! Oh God, forgive our inhumanity!

No one knows your glory
No one knows your shame
No one's heard your story
And no one knows your name.

No one's gonna ask you
No one will reply
No one's gonna hear your truth
And no one hears your lie.

No one knows your troubles
No one feels your pains
No one feels your heartbeat
As the blood pumps through your veins.

Until the world feels compassion
For a life that's gone astray
Until giving is in fashion
There is no other way …

No one warms your blankets
No one draws your sheets
No one offers comfort
As you wander through the streets.

It's not the life you've chosen
Or what you had in mind
To live among the homeless
And beg beside the blind.

No one knows your glory
No one knows your shame
No one's heard your story
And no one knows your name.

Until the world feels compassion
For a life that's gone astray
Until giving is in fashion
There is no other way …

Yes, a picture really is worth a 1000 words. May we let that image sink in and meditate upon it, until "giving is in fashion;" and until someone cares enough to really listen to the pain. Oh God, have mercy! There but for the grace of God, go I. Peace.

Photo Source: Unknown
Poem Source: Vincent LeVine

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