I was handing a homeless man a few dollars today at a red light and the man behind me rolled down his window and yelled, “You both should get a ticket, you for being a lazy ass bum, and you for giving him money. Get a job.” When I pulled into the grass and got out of my truck. He rolled his window up, and drove away.
I told the homeless man, “I’m sorry that happened.” I sat in the grass beside him and held his hand. We probably just looked like 2 homeless dudes having a moment. 😂 I told him, “I don’t know how you got here, but we are all a few bad decisions from being in the same boat.” He proceeded to tell me he once was a teacher with a masters degree. Had a wreck and couldn’t get off pain meds. It cost him everything. He said, “I don’t know who I am or what’s next.” I replied, “you aren’t very different from most people.”
I just sat with him and watched the traffic. I imagined being in his shoes and I was heart broken. We are in such a hurry. We are very comfortable, judgmental, and religious. The outside is clean but the inside is filthy, glaring, we have strings attached, and we only know those who look like us.
I tried to explain to the man, he was better off than the man in the air conditioned car. I said, “ you have food, water, clothes on your back, and a new friend. There’s no way he has friends.” He smiled and said “I’m glad to have a new friend.” It made my day. “Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.”
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