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Today, I did something I thought I would never do, but knew it had to be done...eventually.

It had been something on my mind to do but at times I never had the change or the extra hamburger.

After seeing CJ and hearing her nag about me not eating (she could tell I was loosing a lot of weight quickly), I stopped by McDonalds. I ordered my Vanilla ice cream cone and 2 cheese burgers. The young man in the first window gave me my change back. The dollar bill looked to much like someone had pissed on it.

As I drove north on I75 to my exit, I licked my ice cream away. I exited off to the light. As I sat there at the light, I noticed the homeless man there with a little sign, I gave him the dollar bill. But then I looked at my bag of cheeseburgers. I realized I really didn't need two burgers. So I asked him if he can eat burgers and he replied, "yes." So I hand him the bag with the second burger in it. Then I drove off after he thanked me.

I had finally did it!! I had finally did what I had in mind....what I like to call "Meals on Wheels" only for the homeless. I had rather give him the hamburger than the dollar because at least I know he won't buy ciggerettes or liquor or drugs.

I pray every day whenever I see that old homeless man or women how to reach out to help them in my own way. I know there are homeless shelters, but most people can't get to them or there is such a limitation to what they can get. I often wish I could just win that lottery because I already know that 90% of it would go back to my community-automatically. NO doubt.

At times when I knew I could not do anything to give them anything, I felt guilty and ashame that our neighbors are homeless like this. Yes we can blame drugs for some of them, but drugs are not always the reason why many are homeless.

Then I really would feel guilty because I would think of what is said in the Jesus can come back as one of test our loyalty and love for each other, and for Him. What if Jesus was one of us and we ignored Him...was ashamed of Him....looked away...mocked... & criticized Him.

I often think of the song by Joan Osborn..."What if God was one of us?" What if He was?

If God had a name, what would it be
And would you call it to His face
If you were faced with Him in all His glory
What would you ask if you had just one question
And yeah yeah, God is great,
yeah yeah God is good
yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah
What if God was one of us
Just a slob like one of us
Just a stranger on the bus
Trying to make his way home If God had a face what would it look like
And would you want to see
If seeing meant that you would have to believe
In things like heaven and in Jesus and the saints and all the prophets
And yeah yeah
God is great
yeah yeah
God is good
yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah
What if God was one of us
Just a slob like one of us
Just a stranger on the bus
Trying to make his way home
He's trying to make His way home
Back up to heaven all alone
Nobody calling on the phone
Except for the pope maybe in rome And yeah yeah
God is great yeah yeah
God is good yeah yeah
yeah yeah yeah
-Joan Osborn-

I know at times the amount of guilt would overwhelm me. I know I am guilty of ignoring, mocking, ashame the homeless. I would feel ashamed and angry because there is that chance I truely walked away from God at that moment by not doing my Christian duty to help that person.

In my younger days, when I was active in church and Bible reading, I remembered reading a verse that had left a deep impression on my mind. So by seeing the homeless now, I think of the verses in Matthew 25: " For I was hungered, and you gave me meat; I was thristy, and you gave me a drink; I was a stranager, and you took me in. Naked, and you clothed me; I was sick, and you visited me; I was in prison, and you came unto me."

In this world full of prospirity, I can't understand how so much is taken away from our livilhood. We are suppose to be the most wealthiest country in this world and yet we can't even take care of our own. How is this possible? Why is this? What has happened that our country is drowning with jobless and homeless citizens? Where has God gone when we needed Him. The truth of the matter, He has never left us...we left Him. We stopped trusting and depending on Him. We have brought this upon ourselves. Our selfishiness. Our greed.

So the next time you see a homeless man, woman or family, what are you going to do to acknowledge their empower thier dignity as a fellow human being.

I ask you to accept this challenge and don't depend only on churches or homeless shelters, but what are YOU gong to do to feed the hunger, or to give a cup of water, or find a place for them to sleep safely, to help cloth them?" Will you accept this challenge and help me create a project ... to help feed your brother, or sister, or a child?

Would you leave a loveone homeless?

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Comment by Esther Owens on May 8, 2009 at 4:20pm
very well said! We did an awareness in ATL for homeless. They brought a gentleman who has been homeless for 15 years to talk about his experience. What I learned was unforgettable. He said, a lot of times all they want is to be treated like human beings. He said, a lot of churches would drop off food and clothes but they wont seat and talk to them. I have always been ready to give money, food but now when I do see a homeless person, I am more ready to say Hello than before.
Comment by Alexandra on April 28, 2009 at 9:22pm
Thanks for the great post. It reminds me of my brother when we visited Chicago... not only did he go into BK to buy the burger with an unknown homeless person but he sat down and ate it with him. I can still picture the look on people's faces. Many need to learn from your example and his. : )

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