HELP THE HOMELESS
How has your week been?
It’s been FREEZING here, and we caught some snow all around the country, so in light of what this week has been, today I really want to speak about something that has always been heavy on my heart. The Homeless.
It really breaks my heart to think that many homeless people will not make it through the cold snap. Many are on the streets in this adverse weather and have nowhere to go, no food to eat and/or no warm clothing. It is really heavy on my heart that we need to help them as much as we can, in whatever way we can, and whenever we can.
The fact that you can read this blog post, is something to be grateful about and shows that actually, you are better off than many people around you. Many times, we are so concerned with our lives, and our needs that we fail to see others whose needs are far greater than our own. We are so concerned with trying to get the next best thing that we forget to be grateful for what we already have. We are so enamoured with getting a bigger/better car or better phone, that we forget that there are people who do not even have a roof to sleep under, do not know where their next meal is coming from, do not even know if they will make it through the night.
There is a jerking in my spirit when I think about those who are homeless and I really want to encourage you to help the homeless wherever you can. If you can buy food for someone, do it. If you can give them something to drink, do it. If you can buy them some essential items – hats, gloves, thick socks, jackets etc, do it. ANYTHING you can do, please do it.
If there is a poor man among your brothers in any of the towns of the land that the LORD your God is giving you, do not be hardhearted or tightfisted toward them." Deuteronomy 15:7
Even if all you can give them is your time and a word that is amazing. Something I’ve noticed is that many people just walk past someone on the streets as if they are invisible or they don’t exist. Imagine people walked past you every single day and didn’t even take the time to look in your direction. Not even giving a second glance or a second thought. It’s heart-breaking, because if you look at someone for who they really are, they are someone who has fallen on hard times, they are a human being, they are someone’s son or daughter, someone’s family member, they are GOD’s CHILD!! They are someone with a Spirit and a Soul, they are our brothers and sisters. They are just like you or I. And we are called to love our neighbour as ourselves (Leviticus 19:18)
When we begin to see people as God sees them, we will have more of a heart to help them. Hard times can fall on anyone and at any time, nothing is promised. Not even tomorrow, the security that we have placed so much time and effort safeguarding is not guaranteed. If you take the time to listen to someone who has fallen on hard times and ask how it happened, you find out that it honestly can happen to anyone; it is only by the particular grace of God on your life, that you are where you are.
Helping someone can cost so little, and yet can be so life-changing. A hat, scarf and gloves from somewhere like Primark, will cost you less than £10 but it can be the difference between life and death for someone, especially in this weather. A hot meal could cost you less than £5 and I know that many of us spend more than that on nothingness.
God speaks about helping the less fortunate or the needy countless times throughout the Bible (Proverbs 19:17, Leviticus 25:35-36, Isaiah 58:6-8, Luke 10:25-37.. I could go on), this alone can show you that helping others is particularly important to Him, and what is important to Him, should be important to you.
We are called to be ROOTED and GROUNDED in Love (Ephesians 3:17), this means that what anchors us and the foundation of everything we do in this life should be LOVE.
Remember, that God could be using you to provide them with the manna bread they need for that day. There is not meant to be lack amongst us. When everyone works on the basis that ‘if I do not feed them, they will not eat today’ or ‘if I do not help them, they will remain here’, we will be more inclined to help and we will begin to see such an impact in society, there will be a shift in the atmosphere.
I know, life can be busy, we can be running late for wherever we are going, but taking 5 minutes out of your day, will change the course of someone else’s.
How to help?
As I've mentioned above,
1. Hot Food
4. Shelter (Calling a homeless shelter and paying for their night (or more if you can) stay)
5. On extreme cold nights like these, there are a charity called StreetLink who go on patrols and look for the homeless to give them shelter, you can call them 0300 500 0914 and tell them the location of the person so they can pick them up
6. Speaking with them
Can all help towards them having a better day, them believing in God, them feeling the presence of Love. Every little helps, so don't think that because you cannot give much, you cannot give at all.
Allow yourself to be used by God today…we are all vessels after all.
Love, Peace and JOY!
Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 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? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’ – Matthew 25:34-40