We had a bunch of volunteers at our Block Party Event tonight in Canton. Several congregations came together to serve the Canton community and it’s just so very encouraging to see denominational walls being torn down. Thank you to each and every volunteer and Church that worked together towards a common goal. We served 150+ meals tonight!!!
Since we had so many volunteers I got to sit and chat with some of our guests, two of which were homeless men. I was honored that they trusted us enough to video the interview as well. The more I get to know these men the more I discover their quiet dignity and care worn faces are simply masks for past hurts and much heart break.
As they shared with us some of the tragedy of their lives we learned that one man’s wife had died during childbirth and the other was estranged from his teen-aged boys, both were very, very lonely. I felt awful because some of my questions brought them to tears and that was not at all what I intended but I am happy they opened up and shared a bit of their stories.
I really wanted them to leave our event on a good note so before they left I asked them if we could pray and they said “Sure!” so we all joined hands.
As Randy Kinkaid and I stood with these two homeless men and one of them jumped right in and started praying. What do you think this guy asks God for? More food? A warm place to sleep? A job? Happiness? A chance to see his children again? Nope. This homeless man asked nothing at all for himself. His prayer was, “Lord, please help those who are less fortunate than ourselves.”
I’m thinking, “What? Really?”
It’s 37 degrees outside, the wind is blowing, there are 4-6 inches of snow and ice predicted for tomorrow and this guy is sleeping in a tent in the woods in Canton, Georgia because the landscaping business he works for has no work , and he’s praying for “others less fortunate than himself”.
The homeless are so grossly misunderstood. The sad thing is, it’s just the beginning of the slow season for landscapers. I’m certain others will follow this same path very soon.
Friends…these men are your neighbors.