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A Motley Collection of Souls

A motley collection of souls gathered for the annual Christmas Day dinner at the homeless shelter. Former bankers, engineers and teachers sat next to streetwalkers, drug addicts and ex-cons.  Some had families and homes of their own at one time; others had never found a place in society, and had always lived in the shadows, struggling to survive in back-alleys and psychiatric wards.  Different as they were from one another, they are not so very different from any  one of us.  It is entirely possible that we could find ourselves in their situation one day.  The one thing those gathered held in common is that they are among the closest to the heart of the God.
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"For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.
 
Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
 
The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me." - Matthew 25:35-40 NIV
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8 comments:

  1. Times change, people change. God never changes. Everyone and everything in this world will pass. God remains the Alpha & the Omega.

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    1. So very true, Annie. Change is the reality of life, nothing endures forever except the grace of God. The clients I work with every day are a constant reminder to me of how quickly life and roles can change. It is our responsibility to be caretakers of each other, and not only at Christmastime.

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  2. I see this every day and thank my lucky stars because none of us are that far from the reality of this sort of existence. so important to volunteer to help and be part of the solutions.

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    1. Exactly Zoe, I am sharply aware of how easily it could be me, and I remember to treat everyone with respect and all the care and compassion I can muster, because I hope if that time ever comes for me or one of my children, someone does the same. Yes, it IS important that we part of the solution, change happens one person, one action, at a time!

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  3. Most of us are just a few bad breads away from this reality. It's why every time i am approached by the homeless, i buy them something to eat or some groceries. We never know when it might be us needing the help.

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    1. That is so true Mimi, one accident, one health incident, one tragedy, on moment in time could find our lives changed in this way forever. Your caring for both other people and God's critters too, tells me that you understand what is important in life. I agree, just give, don't spend time judging and making assumptions that are often wrong - just reach out and care!

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  4. Sharing is one of the most rewarding things to do. Need and poverty are terrible things to live with when there is so much greed and selfishness in this world.

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    1. Amen on both counts, Robin! It is so much more fulfilling and fun to give and create a bit of joy than it is to receive yet another trinket or bauble. Our hearts remember the smiles shared, and what fun it is to brighten someone's life in a way that doesn't often happen for them. Even small efforts - a warm hat or a mug of coffee, can make someone feel better. We can all do this!

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