The Least of These

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by: Judy Nichols-Wilson

11/12/2022

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If we have shelter, if we have food, if we have clothing, if we have drink, if we have a reasonable measure of health, we should be thankful.


How often do we see members of the homeless community and truly look into their eyes?  Do you ever wonder what their stories are?  Are they grouped within your mind as lazy people who do not deserve your attention?  Do we shrug them off as invisable? Do we really "see" them in our daily goings and comings.  I wondered about the different stories that each one has.  Sometimes I look at old houses and think about how these houses used to be new houses, built with joy as families moved into them.  Over time they were abandoned and forgotten.  The emptiness allowed them to rot and ultimately disappear.  EVERY homeless person was once someone's brand new baby who, given the right circumstances , may not have found himself/herself without shelter!!!

The homeless have stories that we may never have contemplated.

  • There is the teen who was rendered homeless because his family turned their backs on him/her;
  • There is the veteran who served his country and returned home with no one to welcome him. Government assistance just could not sustain him, and he had PTSD that precluded him from getting a new job;
  • There is a woman who once had a thriving family who lost everything in divorce. She depended upon her husband's income.  He gained custody of all of the children leaving her unable to afford shelter and no family left to have concern about her;
  • Or consider the college-educated man who used to make money in the six figures, only to have his place of employment closed; he suffered a mental breakdown with no family support; and he never found another job;
  • A mother gave all that she had to her children throughout the years. Her adult children turned their backs on her and over time she became ill. Unable to afford rent, she was thrown out of her rental with no place to go.

"In the majority of U.S. cities right now, it is illegal to do things like rest, sit, lie down, share food, sleep in cars in public places. There are over 200 cities right now that have created laws and ordinances that have criminalized what it means to experience homelessness."    "How The Church Can Take the Lead on Housing the Homeless."

Jesus spoke about taking care of "the least of these." Matthew 25:31–46

What are we doing to follow Him concerning "the least of these"?  He said

  • Feed the hungry
  • Give drink to the thirsty
  • Welcome the stranger
  • Clothe the naked
  • Visit the sick
  • Visit the prisoner

Matthew 25:33 And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left.

Let us purpose in our hearts to be among the sheep and not the goats.


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If we have shelter, if we have food, if we have clothing, if we have drink, if we have a reasonable measure of health, we should be thankful.


How often do we see members of the homeless community and truly look into their eyes?  Do you ever wonder what their stories are?  Are they grouped within your mind as lazy people who do not deserve your attention?  Do we shrug them off as invisable? Do we really "see" them in our daily goings and comings.  I wondered about the different stories that each one has.  Sometimes I look at old houses and think about how these houses used to be new houses, built with joy as families moved into them.  Over time they were abandoned and forgotten.  The emptiness allowed them to rot and ultimately disappear.  EVERY homeless person was once someone's brand new baby who, given the right circumstances , may not have found himself/herself without shelter!!!

The homeless have stories that we may never have contemplated.

  • There is the teen who was rendered homeless because his family turned their backs on him/her;
  • There is the veteran who served his country and returned home with no one to welcome him. Government assistance just could not sustain him, and he had PTSD that precluded him from getting a new job;
  • There is a woman who once had a thriving family who lost everything in divorce. She depended upon her husband's income.  He gained custody of all of the children leaving her unable to afford shelter and no family left to have concern about her;
  • Or consider the college-educated man who used to make money in the six figures, only to have his place of employment closed; he suffered a mental breakdown with no family support; and he never found another job;
  • A mother gave all that she had to her children throughout the years. Her adult children turned their backs on her and over time she became ill. Unable to afford rent, she was thrown out of her rental with no place to go.

"In the majority of U.S. cities right now, it is illegal to do things like rest, sit, lie down, share food, sleep in cars in public places. There are over 200 cities right now that have created laws and ordinances that have criminalized what it means to experience homelessness."    "How The Church Can Take the Lead on Housing the Homeless."

Jesus spoke about taking care of "the least of these." Matthew 25:31–46

What are we doing to follow Him concerning "the least of these"?  He said

  • Feed the hungry
  • Give drink to the thirsty
  • Welcome the stranger
  • Clothe the naked
  • Visit the sick
  • Visit the prisoner

Matthew 25:33 And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left.

Let us purpose in our hearts to be among the sheep and not the goats.


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