October 12, 2013
By Tina Chandler
Yup, itís fall. Nice cool morning and crisp nights. Feels great to most of us, we have a place to lay our heads, a bed, a place to stay warm.
Others donít have that "luxury" Ė yes, it is a luxury compared to roaming the streets, living in homeless camps, seeking shelter wherever you can. Itís a sad reality that there are men, women, teens and families living as homeless. There are many reasons someone could end up being homeless. Not all families that seek help live on the streets; some have a place to live and not much else. There are also the "working homeless" Ė folks that have a job and live in their car, live in a pay-by-the-week motel, or couch hop from friend to friend or family members. It is a widespread situation that we as a society seem to have a tough time handling. Some of us think about it only when the charity organizations make the news, usually this time of year, by having coat/blanket drives, by hosting fund-raisers to fill food bank shelves, to gear up for the holiday season by asking us to "adopt" families or participate in Angel Trees.
These are all great things to be involved with Ė time to clean the closets, gather up unused, extra coats, shoes and blankets. By all means, take them to a shelter, to a church that tends to the homeless in their area, to other charity organizations. Pick up a few extra cans of food, personal care items and even household cleaning supplies Ė donate financially if you can. There are many great programs and agencies out there. However you help Ė remember that those that receive help are your brothers and sisters, your neighbors, co-workers, maybe even you at one time. Pray for them, for the situations that caused them to become homeless. Get involved and become part of the long term solution.
Be the blessing for someone in need.
1 John 3:17-18, English Standard Version (ESV)
But if anyone has the worldís goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does Godís love abide in him? Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.