Torn Coat and Weathered Hands

homeless manHomeless man with wind burnt face, standing on a corner, head hung in disgrace

Everyone just kept driving by as though he wasn’t there, heading to the mall like runners in a race.

The cardboard sign he held, had words scrawled out in sheer despair

“I am homeless, could you please help me?” As he stood hunched over in a ragged jacket, shoes with holes and shaggy hair

The saddest moments where watching so many passersby,  and no one showed not a care.

I told my care giver who was driving to turn at the next block and go back around;  she listened but didn’t make a sound.

We drove up to him by the side of the road, I rolled down the window and said “Sir please come here”, I watched him limp as he walked to the car

weathered hands

I took his weathered hand  as he shivered in the frozen  north wind and when I looked him in the eye,  I began to cry.

I told him I wanted him to know that God truly loved him (as I handed him a folded bill) then he smiled and said to me, “I know He does ma’am I have Jesus in my heart”

He thanked me several times, three times to be exact, but I told him he need not thank me, it was a joy to and that this  moment with him had made my day”

We spoke a while longer as he told me how hard today’s world is,  he said he’s tried to get help to get back on his feet,

Then he told me that sleeping in the frigid cold was the worst part of living on the street.

As we drove away I wondered how so many live that way, when 70 per cent of Americans are Christians, or so they say

No one should be without a home, a place of warmth and love… for our Lord Jesus has instructed us to share with the poor in every way.

Some so-called Christians would ridicule my deed and say, he’s just lazy or a drunken bum so let him live that way

And my response to them “Except for the grace of God that could be any one of us, for we know not why he’s homeless

And we need not consider why, God’s Word tells us “to give everything we have and nothing less.”

The true meaning of Christmas arose in my heart for the first time that day, as the stores all crowded with crabby folks no matter where we went

My patience was gone for reckless drivers, grumpy clerks and people hustling  trying to get a good deal

It took a homeless man, with torn coat and weathered hands, to show the joy of Christmas and the love of our “Jesus” so very real.

Streim ©

Matthew 1: 20-24  “But while he thought about these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit.  And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.”  So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying:  “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,”  which is translated, “God with us.”

What Shall We Give Him?

Matthew 25:35-45 “for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in;  I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’  Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink?  When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You?  Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ 

And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’ 

Then He will also say to those on the left hand, ‘Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels:  for I was hungry and you gave Me no food; I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink;  I was a stranger and you did not take Me in, naked and you did not clothe Me, sick and in prison and you did not visit Me.’  Then they also will answer Him,  saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to You?’ 

Then He will answer them, saying, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.’ “

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Loves makes obedience a thing of joy!
To do the will of the One we like to please
Is never hardship, though it tax our strength;
Each privilege of service love will seize!

Loves makes us loyal, glad to do our go,
And eager to defend a name or cause;
Love takes the drudgery from common work,
And asks no rich reward or great applause.

Love gives us satisfaction in our task,
And wealth in learning lessons of the heart;
Love sheds a light of glory on our toil
And makes us humbly glad to have a part.

Love makes us choose to do the will of God,
To run His errands and proclaim His truth;
It gives our hearts an eager, lilting song;
Our feet shod with tireless wings of youth!
— Hazel Hartwell Simon

♥  Streim

Monday Moments

Proverbs 12:25  “Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad.”

In the extreme cold of life we need each other.  Don’t be fooled by the facade of strength that some put on to protect themselves.  Put a little May and June into someone’s life.  Don’t hide behind propriety.  As you kindergarten teacher taught you, “be a buddy”.  Look both ways–who needs a hand, a word or one of your ears for a few moments.  Lending yours might mean making someone’s day.  Reach out and warm a heart!   

Taken from Barbara Johnson’s “Boomerang Joy– Joy That Goes Around, Comes Around” devotional