Decide and do

John 5:1-9

At one time I volunteered at an annex to a church where we collected mail for the homeless, dispensed sandwiches and snacks, helped with health issues, job hunting and so on. Sometimes the work was heartbreaking: pregnant women seeking a cookie and juice for their famished toddlers; a formerly beautiful woman so filthy, reeking and insane that people backed away from her; an old, impoverished Asian couple who showed up every Thursday to get a grocery bag of food from us that could not possibly have been enough for a week. And there was an afternoon when I heard a fully grown man weeping over the telephone as he begged his father for $200 to buy a suit for his job interview, only to see that same man later naked but for a police raincoat and so high on methamphetamines that the police were afraid of any contact with his skin for fear of getting addicted themselves. All you could do was pray for those people.


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