Posts Tagged ‘homeless’

I don’t know whether it’s because of what I’ve been focusing on in my blog posts this last week, I found myself doing something on Tuesday that I’ve never done before, and it even surprised me when I did it!

When I was out on Tuesday lunchtime for my daily walk, I came across a homeless person who was asking every passerby for money. In these situations I must admit I usually do what many folk do, I keep my head down, ignore them and walk on. Well Tuesday was no different as I did walk on past her, however this time I did apologise to her for not having any money I could give her.

I continued on my walk and by the time I got round to the local supermarket a few minutes later, I had decided to buy the woman a sandwich and a drink. This shocked me as it’s just not the kind of thing I usually do – I usually much more hands-off, being far more likely to donate to a charity which will help folk, than actually do something proactive myself.

Anyway, having made my purchases, I met one of my friends from work as I was leaving the supermarket, and we started walking back to our office. There are several routes back to the office from the supermarket, so my friend asked which way I usually go. I told her but then added that I wanted to go a different way as I’d bought a sandwich and drink for a homeless person I’d passed on my way there. She told me that was a really nice thing to do, but thinking about it now, didn’t seem very surprised!

When we got to where the homeless lady had been, she was nowhere to be seen. My friend told me that at least I’d tried to do something good for her…

As we continued walking back to our office I spotted the homeless lady sitting on the ground in the main shopping area. So I went over to her and gave her the food and drink I’d bought for her. She was very grateful and told me I didn’t have to do that for her, and as I started to leave her she said, “God bless you“…that brought a tear to my eye.

It felt good having done something for that lady, even thought ultimately it wasn’t much to me. However it did seem to mean the world to her, and that was what really touched me more than anything.

It is true what they say, that sometimes the smallest word or action from one person can mean the world to someone else.

Go on, do a good deed today!

Matthew 25:35-36 (NIV)

For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.

How many of us would actually do all those things mentioned in the above bible passage?

Yes we might all manage to give those who are hungry or thirsty food or water, but would we invite a stranger into our homes, give someone clothes, look after someone who was sick or even visit someone in prison?

I may have taken this passage of scripture quite literally , but I think in this instance it shows some distinct ways in which we may or may not be willing to “put ourselves out” for others.

If we profess to be Christians, God expects us to do all we can to help others, so we must give of our times and our processions to help others whenever we can – Whether that be giving the homeless food/water/clothes, phoning or visiting someone who is ill or has not attended church for a while, spreading God’s message to those who don’t yet know Him.

Sometimes we can do things that can mean the world to someone else, just by a simple action, so go on reach out and help someone today.

Yesterday in part 1 of This World , I asked you to consider when the last time was that you stopped for a few minutes and had a real look around you at the world in which we live. In that blog post I asked you to focus not on the buildings or people but on nature, on God‘s handiwork.

Today however I want you to do the opposite, today I want you to look around you at the people, the buildings, the communities.

What do you see? People and communities flourishing, and full of life and happiness, or do you see people and communities struggling to make ends meet, struggling to get themselves and their families through another day without giving up on life.

Sadly there are many in our communities who struggle every day through life. Many of them will do their best not to let the “outside world” that they are struggling, while others will do all they can to get every bit of help available to them.

Then there are those who quite simply have nothing…no home, no job, no food, no money…what do you do when you look around this world and see them? Ignore them, go out of your way to avoid them, or reach out and try to help them.

I suspect I’m not alone in admitting that I have been guilty of ignoring or doing all I can to avoid homeless peopleWhy have I done that? If I’m honest, because I’ve felt I’m too busy and didn’t want the hassle. However sitting here considering this in more detail, I truly feel ashamed by my actions. How about you?

God made each and every one of us, and He continues to love and care for each of us, so we must all do all we can to love and care for everyone in our communities, not just those we know personally, but also those less fortunate than ourselves who are in desperate need of help.

Here’s Casting Crowns singing a wonderful song entitled If We’ve Ever Needed You

Yesterday in Silence Is Golden I spoke about wonderful silence can be and how relaxing and peaceful it can be to surround ourselves with stillness and beauty. But have I jumped the gun, is silence really always golden?

What about when you’re waiting for an important phone call about the well-being of a loved one? That’s stressful, not relaxing.

Waiting by the phone to hear whether you’ve been successful in a job application? That’s stressful, not relaxing.

What about those who live alone and find they can go days without seeing or speaking to another person? That’s sad, not enjoyable.

What about when you’re struggling with life and you’re sitting at home alone, the doorbell and the phone never rings? That’s sad, and definitely not peaceful.

What about when you phone, text, or email a “friend” and they never reply to you? That frustrating and depressing, not enjoyable.

What about the homeless, who spend days and nights on the streets, alone, and struggling to survive? That’s tough, not peaceful or relaxing.

Just because we can enjoy the quiet and peaceful times of life, don’t forget that there are many others in our world for who silence means loneliness, not peace and beauty.

Please pray for those who are alone and in need of friendship and love, they need us!

Here’s a question for you:

What do we Christians have that is worth offering to other people?

Galatians 6:2 (English Contemporary Bible)

You obey the law of Christ when you offer each other a helping hand.

As Christians we should try to do all we can to help others – whether that be the homeless, the lonely, the abused, the starving, the broken, or indeed anyone else in need. Therefore here’s some of the qualities I would expect to find in a true Christian…how many of these can you honestly say you possess?

  • honesty
  • compassion
  • unconditional love
  • generosity
  • unselfish
  • caring

Sometimes at the end of the day, some people just need someone to listen to them and maybe give them a hug – I’m sure each of us are more than capable of doing that. However I’m sure if we could all do that each day, we could make a huge difference in so many people’s’ lives.

Job 29:11-13 (NIV)

Whoever heard me spoke well of me, and those who saw me commended me, because I rescued the poor who cried for help, and the fatherless who had none to assist him. The man who was dying blessed me; I made the widow’s heart sing.

Go on, make a difference in someone’s life today!

There’s no greater feeling than sharing love with another person.

Look around you, what do you see?

I see a world in need. A world in need of love, a world full of people and situations in need of some love and attention. There are so much good work waiting and needing to be done all around us.

Are you doing anything to try help this world in need? Are you sharing God’s love with those who don’t know or haven’t accepted God into their lives?

There are a wide range of opportunities out there, that you can get involved in. Go on, get your hands dirty and get to work helping others.

Here’s some suggestions of things you can do:

  • Serve meals to the homeless
  • Visit a lonely senior citizen
  • Visit someone in hospital
  • Prison visiting or ministry
  • Work in the social sector
  • Work with the disabled
  • Foster a child
  • Become a mission worker

Yes, some of these are quite drastic steps to take to help spread God’s love, but maybe that’s what God is calling you to do. On the other hand, maybe He just needs you to help an elderly or disabled neighbour. Only God knows what He wants you to do, so speak to God and ask Him for direction…pray for guidance.

Help share God’s love with the world!

1 John 4:7-8 (NIV)

Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.

As I mentioned yesterday, Christmastime can be a particularly difficult time for many. One of the examples I gave yesterday was, the homeless, but wait, it’s not just Christmastime that id tough for them, it’s every day. After all here are just a few things they have to face on a daily basis:

  • Finding a safe place to sleep
  • Staying warm and dry
  • Getting food and water
  • Staying out of trouble
  • Trying to find work to earn some money
  • Clothing

I certainly do not claim to be any kind of expert in the needs of the homeless, however I feel I need to bring the needs of the homeless to your attention at this time – We have been enduring some extreme winter weather conditions in the last few weeks.

Weather conditions in which many people who are not homeless, found themselves unable to get home so had to sleep in their office, at a friend or family member’s house or even in their car. That was bad enough for many, as many were cold and hungry during these times, but just think, that’s just a fraction of what the homeless experience every day.

Those of us with a roof over our head, heating, clothes and food, are so very fortunate – I know given the current economic problems, we often think we’re having a tough time, but let’s be honest, we’re living in luxury in comparison to the homeless.

I’d urge you to do what you can this Christmas particularly, to help those who find themselves homeless at this time of year – They need the love and support of those of us who are more fortunate.

Christmas is a time when we should spread cheer and goodwill to all, so please pray for the homeless this Christmas and please do/give ll you can to help the homeless this Christmas.

I was watching Mock The Week last night on BBC2 and one of the things said really got to me – During one of the rounds Ed Byrne retold a story of finding a stray cat beside their dustbins. They then took the cat into their home to feed it, look after it and become part of their family. He then talked about how we would never to that with a stranger or a homeless person.

I’d say there’s definitely an element of truth in what he said as I certainly would say the majority of us would not bring a stranger/homeless person into our home to be part of the family! Would you agree with me?

This has all kind of got to me a bit, as I keep finding myself thinking about it, and about how much more willing I personally would probably be to take in and love a lost cat, but would probably never consider doing the same of a “lost” person. Now I’m finding it quite hard to justify all this to myself.

What would you do if:

  • you came across a lost cat or dog which needed food, love and shelter?
  • you came across a “lost” person who need food and shelter?

Would you take either, or both of them into your home, feed them and give them shelter?

What do you think God would want you to do?

There’s no greater feeling, than when someone you love, loves you in return. So imagine God’s delight when you accept His love for you, and love Him in return!

God loves all men, women and children, whatever their race, creed or colour, their beliefs or desires, their image or their deeds – God loves them regardless!

We all need and want to be loved, though unfortunately in the world we live in today, there are many who find themselves unloved. It’s our responsibility as Christians to seek out those who are unloved and show them that God loves them…that we love them! But remember it’s may not just be those who find themselves in trouble, lonely, or homeless who feel unloved, there may be those closer to home who feel like that. So make sure your neighbours, your friends and of course your family are aware that you love them, and, more importantly, that God loves them too.

Barlowgirl sing I Believe in Love – The video is not the greatest quality, so I’d suggest you just listen to the message and the music which follows it:

Keep On Loving!

Today I’d like to ask you to watch/listen to the following video. I’m sure like me you’ll me moved/touched by it, so all I’d ask is that you let your heart be touch by the words/music.

The song is Michael W Smith’s song “We Can’t Wait Any Longer” – It is simply a call to us all to help the needy, poor, and homeless, the victims of war torn countries and the aids epidemic, the impoverished and enslaved.

A silent call from a distant land
Crying for a helping hand, so
How long will it go on?
Ignorance and vanity
Supercede humanity, so
How long it will go on?
I want to know how long will it go on?

We can’t wait any longer
They crying out, doesn’t matter
We can’t wait any longer
No, no. Too long in a slumber
Shake it up,wake it up now.
We can’t any longer. No, no.

Another child is laid to rest
Another day of hopelessnes, so
How long it will go on?
And every day we’re on the fence brings
Another fatal consequence, so
How long will it go on?
I want to know, how long will it go on?

Yuko awezayo kusikia kilio chetu? (Can somebody hear us crying out?)
Twaomba msaada wenu (Somebody help us)
Aweko mwenye kuttuoka (Somebody save us)
Aweko mwenye kutupa uhuru (Somebody free us)

Checkout Michael W Smith’s website: