I came home late. The clock said 11:30 p.m. My day had started around 4 a.m. I wanted to write a post the past several days but my brain couldn’t form a sentence. Saturday morning, I saw the news reporting a breaking news story about a man who had taken people hostage at a synagogue in Colleyville. Having lived out in the North Fort Worth area for numerous years, Colleyville is a place very familiar to me. So, the story naturally caught my eye.
It’s been cold here in Texas, especially in Big D. My work—the hub for homelessness—typically provides an array of day services for the unsheltered, exploited, and marginalized. During cold spells when the temperature falls below freezing our place stays open as a warming station for our homeless neighbors.
Serving the homeless is a complex and complicated work filled with intriguing and colorful characters. As events unfolded and the powers that be began to investigate the hostage taker, we learned that he actually posed as a homeless man and had passed through our place several days before he executed his scheme to free an infamous terrorist imprisoned in a nearby Federal facility.
Naturally, this event has awoken a small wave of numb nuts who want to lay their bigotry and idiocy at our feet. We’ve had calls, emails and even a few in person interactions with those who want to leverage this as a means to support solving the homeless problem by eradicating organizations that help the homeless, if not the homeless all together. And some of these folk even audaciously claim to be Christians. Obviously, they have a different understanding of what loving your neighbor as yourself looks like than I do.
We work hard every day to minister to the unsheltered, the exploited, and the marginalized living on our city streets. We want them to grow in their relationships, particularly their relationship with our Lord Jesus. Also, we want people to allow us the opportunity to help them get off the streets.
So what’s my prayer for this Sunday? Maybe it is simply “Come, Jesus, Come.” Surely we could use some more grace and understanding.
The Devotional Guy™
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