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The Homeless Man

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I work in the city and before we moved to the country, on my way home every night, I noticed a small stretch of blocks where I would always see either downtrodden or homeless people.

This was one of the busiest streets coming into the downtown area, and my work building was right in the middle of the small stretch of blocks where I happened to these poor souls. The building in which I work is a really nice building, right in the heart of downtown, across from the State Capital building.

I remember it being one of the hottest days of the year in the month of July some years ago. The temperature was insufferable, as it was around 110 degrees. The actual temperature!

For some reason on that particular day, I could not exit the parking deck through my normal exit on the back of the parking deck, and so I had to exit through another exit on one side of the building, which is not my normal route. I had to travel around the whole block and building, due to one way streets. As I was turning one corner and going to the next intersection to make another right to get back on my normal routine home, I noticed a man, who at first glance, looked extremely large standing right there on the corner, one of the busiest corners in the downtown area.

I remember that cars were just flying past so fast. What struck me strange, after getting a better glimpse of him, as I had to stop my car at the light and he was standing right there on the corner next to my vehicle. I noticed that the poor man had layers after layers of clothing on, and a winter hat, all in the 110 degree heat!!! He was also wearing dark goggles.

I thought to myself, how is he not fainting from the heat? Then I commenced to get angry at everyone driving by as if they do not even see him. He was an easy sight to see right there at the busiest intersection. I kept thinking to myself, why don't they or just anyone stop to at least give this poor man a drink of water?

I realized he had to wear all of the clothing he owned, as he had no home or nowhere to keep his clothing or anything else. All that he owned was what he had on his back literally.

I just started fuming and was asking myself, where are all the so-called Christians in this world? Surely, some of these flying past this poor man are Christians. I know a lot of homeless or downtrodden persons have mental health issues, but we are not to ignore them, are we?

As I was just totally disgusted with all those other Christians and as I turned the corner and drove right past this poor man, a thought came into my mind, and I know it was the Holy Spirit convicting me. I heard, what about you? Huh, what? Who me?

That night I went and purchased 100 brown paper bags, protein bars, bottled water, printed out three different maps to homeless shelters in the area and also printed out scripture:

But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life.” (John 4:14)

I drew a cross on one side of the bags and wrote scripture on the other side of the brown paper bags. "For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16) It was pretty elementary to say the least. I was determined, if nothing else, I could at least give these poor souls something to drink and hope with the scripture, etc.

So I loaded up my car with all my 100 bags and was so excited to get to serve the Lord with my personal little ministry He had given to me. I wondered what would I say to these people when I approached them with my little brown paper bag. Then a thought came into my head, and I know it was the Lord. He just let me know just to tell them that He wanted me to give them the bag and to let them know He loves them, and that was it.

Well, my first day after leaving work, I did not see one downtrodden or seemingly homeless person in sight. The next day, the same thing happened. This went on for two weeks!!! I could not believe it, as I had in the past seen at least one person every day, and that one standing on that corner that day in the 100 degree heat, really got to me.

One afternoon, as I was going round and round the parking deck to the lower levels to exit, I remember I was just whining to the Lord. “Lord, I know I promised You that I would serve You in this little ministry to minister to the downtrodden and homeless, but I just have not seen one poor soul in two weeks!!! The whining continued all the way to the bottom of the parking deck to the exit, and a funny thing happened, I could not leave the parking deck through my normal exit, so I had to go around the whole building again. In the back of my mind I was thinking this was kind of strange, being that I was whining about not seeing anyone, and once I turned two corners going around the building to the front of the building to get to my normal route home, something caught the corner of my left eye.

There was an 18-wheeler truck to my left and a lot of traffic, but my eye caught something bright yellow. So I inched my car up to look left to see what it was, and I saw a glimpse of that yellow whatever. Finally, I pulled up even further, and there was that man I had seen on the corner that day in the heat! He was wearing some funky looking shaped sunglasses and had a bright yellow feather scarf around his neck. That yellow feathery scarf thing was the only reason I had even noticed him. I got so excited and told the Lord, "Lord, I see him, I see him!" Now what?

I noticed he was limping a bit and he was walking uphill towards me, but I had to go ahead and turn the corner due to the light having turned green. So I went another block and pulled off into a bank parking lot and got out of my car to see if I could still see him and determine whether he was still coming my way. I saw him.

My building parking deck was right there across the side road, and I went into the deck to park my car. I grabbed a bag and jumped out of the car and starting running in high heels on the downtown streets filled with excitement. I knew people must have been thinking what in the world is that woman doing running down the street towards? As no one was chasing after me or anything, of course.

I came to the corner of the busy street, and at first I did not him see. Where did he go? I turned around and saw a little alcove with steps leading up to a storage room of the building. There is a little wall that hides this little area from the public.

There he was just sitting right there on those steps. I noticed he had something blue in his hands playing with it like a slinky and he had taken off his sunglasses. Then he saw me. So I walked up to him and told him that the Lord wanted me to give this (the bag) to him and to tell him that the Lord loved him. I was taken aback, as the moment I said the word “Lord” I noticed he had the most beautiful blue eyes I have ever seen and they seemed to sparkle. Then the man was smiling from ear to ear and after I said what I said, he laughed in the deepest laugh I have ever heard. I noticed his teeth were pearly white as can be. "Huh," I thought. Then the man said, “God bless you.” I told him, God bless you too, and I turned around and went back to my car.

The very next day, I saw this same man standing around the building in which I work, but something was different, as he was not wearing his sunglasses. He was an African American, and when I saw him that day, his eyes were brown and his teeth were not so bright white.

I then realized that the Lord had sent an angel to minister to me, due to all my whining about not seeing any downtrodden or homeless people to serve.

I continued on handing out my brown paper bags and telling those that the Lord loved them. Each and every time I did this, the person always said, “God bless you.”

When I ran out of the 100 bags that I had given away, I no longer saw any downtrodden or homeless people along that little stretch of blocks on my way home in the city. I thought that they all may have found their way to the homeless shelters. Some may have died, and found their way to their true home in Heaven. I have faith and hope that one day I will see them in Heaven, when I will see the face of Jesus, whose face I may have already seen on those very streets.

My favorite scripture as relates to serving Him is found at Matthew 25:35-40 -

"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, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.'" (Emphasis added.)


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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      Well told account, FR. I was mesmerized reading it. I so respect it when people apply their ideas of their faith to themselves first and foremost. One never knows how much good a little genuine love can do. And there is no denying that it gives the person a good burst of joy.

      No telling how much message of love could be circulated by such genuine self-examination and follow-through, especially as opposed to ranting and railing which too often advertises what people claim to believe.

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      Joseph De Cross 4 years ago

      Totally knocked down. This is better than the alka seltzer I was about to drink. Your faith will be tested, even here and out there. You ever wonder some hubbers are rude and some are just sweet? You just need to have that wisdom to serve and make Jesus Proud. I never thought of these words... so maybe this was a message for you dear friend. Amazing writing that can change people one bit of a day at a time. Thanks Faith. Keep them coming! Voted up and sharing.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Nellieanna - thank you so much for stopping by to read and leaving awesome comments to glorify our King. If we do not love, then we do not know God. I so appreciate the wisdom in your comments. You are a lovely person, as one can tell from your heart, where the true beauty lies. You are beautiful inside and out. God bless. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Nova Sky 4 years ago

      Too many times we take our faith and keep it turned inward, never impacting the world around us. A world that is truly hurting.

      Great Hub!! Very thought provoking.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Lord - wow, thanks so much for the great feedback and awesome comments to glorify our Lord!!! I appreciate you so much, and I pray you have a blessed day. I just heard a cool new song on the radio by Big Daddy Weave, so I think I will swap out the video, as it is appropriate for this hub as well. I am glad you told me what you told me, as you never know how the Lord is working in your life as well, revealing things to you that you may have never thought about too. He is sweet like that, you know. God bless you. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Nova Sky - Wow, love that hub name! Thanks so much for stopping by to read and leave awesome comments. I appreciate it very much, and He does too! God bless you. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Larry Wall 4 years ago

      An amazing story and I believe every word of it. Angels are on earth. When I had serious surgery in 2000, I know at least one of my nurses was really an angel. She helped me through a very difficult time.

      Great ministry. You are to be commended for your efforts.

      Larry

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Larry, thank you so much for stopping by to read, and it was really not my ministry, as if it were not for the Holy Spirit convicting me, I would have never thought of such. I do believe we can each do something. God is not looking for the equipped, He is looking for the available! I do believe you were ministered to by an angel recovering from surgery. He is so sweet like that, to send an angel to minister to us! God bless you. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Marlene Bertrand 4 years ago from Northern California, USA

      Hello Faith. What an awesome ministry. My husband and I started the same kind of ministry here in our area. We never leave our house without replenishing our meal bags. Whenever we come across someone wanting a meal, we deliver one to them right there on the spot. When you described the smile on your angel's face, it made me think of the time my husband and I handed out our very first meal. That smile is in my memory forever. My husband and I don't have much because we live on retirement income, but we share what we have. It makes a huge difference in the lives of the homeless. When I think of myself being hungry because I had a late lunch, I remember other people who are hungry because they don't have a lunch at all. Just thinking about them forces me to remember to keep meals in my car to have them ready whenever I go out. Your story is very inspirational. Keep on serving, my sister. You really are making a difference in the world.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Marlene - God bless you dear one. I appreciate you sharing your ministry with me, and your heart shines through, especially with you being on retirement; that just touches my heart. I will never forget the faces of each and every person I gave that bag to, and I hope to see them again later! You are a very inspiring person too. We are to be the hands and feet of Jesus, and I am so thankful for you, as you are just that, the hands and feet of Jesus. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      wetnosedogs 4 years ago from Alabama

      What a tremendous hub. Your faith is so great. Thanks for this terrific write-up.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      wetnosedogs - thanks so much for the encouraging comments. Well, I had to be convicted by the Holy Spirit, but once He convicted, I just had to do a little something. I appreciate you and your comments. Give those sweet dogs a hug from me. God bless. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Mary Strain 4 years ago from The Shire

      Faith, what a great story. I don't always do as much as I can when I see someone in need...thanks for the reminder that I need to put feet on my prayers.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Molly - thank you so much for stopping by to read. You can just pray and ask the Lord to reveal to you something right there where you are and it could just something little that will have a huge impact for eternity. That is where I love to serve Him, where I know it will have eternal impacts, and we will know one day if it did or not. Thanks for the encouraging comments. God bless. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Great read! Thank you. So strange my favorite book is the Story of Job... I, who has lost so much (worldly things). I have served Him the best Martin could. If this is his will, I won't forget his blessings. I serve

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Mhatter - thanks for the awesome comments. I love the Story of Job too. Amen! I appreciate you stopping by to read. God bless. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      This is beautiful Faith Reaper. There is so much suffering in this world and it is sad that the homeless have it so difficult. So many can use an angel today!

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      Thomas Silvia 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi my friend Faith, awesome story and a very wonderful thing you have done in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ . If only one person would help one homeless person daily it would make a big differences .

      Vote up and more !!!

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      tammy - so glad to see you visiting. I appreciate the lovely comments. We all can at least do a little something each day to make this world a little bit better for those who are suffering. God bless. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      kashmir - dear friend, I am so happy to see you stop by to read and leave awesome comments to glorify our Lord!!! Yes, if we each did one little thing each day to help those who need a little help in this world, it would be a much better place no doubt. God bless you. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Faith, you do live up to your name. This is such a great example of living the good Samaritan's role in life. God bless you!

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      teaches - thanks so much for the encouraging comments. I had to be convicted by the Holy Spirit first, but then I did what He placed on my heart. We all can live the good Samaritan's role in this life, if we so choose. God bless you. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      That was such a lovely thing to do. How often we think, just as you did at first, that 'someone' should do something, without thinking that it could be us. God bless you.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Blossom - Exactly right, we think why isn't someone else doing something to help, when there is no reason why the someone cannot be ourselves!!! Thanks so much for stopping by to read and leave wonderful comments. God bless you too. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Cogerson 4 years ago from Virginia

      You have produced a very thought provoking hub. I give you a round of applause for your efforts...truly inspirational....voted up and awesome.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Cogerson - thank you so much for the wonderful comments. I appreciate you stopping by to read. Stop by anytime! God bless. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      What a powerful hub.. you know Faith it's tough now-a-days to get folks to have faith.. they were giving out Thanksgiving meals last year in the city and I heard many of the young volunteers saying God Loves you.. and the replies just some were saying why cause he'll feed us for just one day.. it's that loss of faith that really hurts and what you did was show faith.. great hub my friend

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Frank - thank you so much for your kind and honest comments and thoughts here. Yes, a lot are ungrateful for sure. As I stated here in this hub, I was surprised that each and every one of I served replied back to me, "God bless you." And I can actually understand that once-a-year mentality,but just maybe if each one of us on this planet were to do a little something each day, I believe the world and the attitudes of many would change. Just even a kind word. I appreciate your comments very much. God bless. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      ignugent17 4 years ago

      Faith Reaper you are a good Samaritan and one day you will reap the seeds you sow. I am glad I am following you. Thanks for sharing your acts of goodness and may others follow. Have a good day and make another soul happy. :-)

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      ignugent - thanks so much for stopping by to read and leaving lovely comments. I am just glad that the Holy Spirit had convicted me of such. And it reminded me that we all can do a little something for our fellow man who is suffering. God bless. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Faith, you are truly awesome.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 4 years ago from West Virginia

      Faith, God Bless your heart, soul, and your faith. Truth be told, the world is a much better place with you. I mean that. I am sure you made a positive change in their lives. I can relate as I was once homeless, a little care can mean the world to these people. They are so use to rejection that they honestly feel utter joy when someone just shows they care. Such a selflish act you fixing those bags Faith. Voted up and all the way across but funny. Very touching article Faith:)

      In retrospect. we all have a history and story. Yes, but we are all different and respond to things differently. Many people see the homeless as drunks and drug heads. This is not true. Many of them have had a rough life and rough situations that landed them in these types of situations. Many of them have no family or family that has turned their backs. With just a little care, you have the ability to change their life forever. A complete stranger did that for me. Yes, you are only one person, but you can make a difference.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      unknown spy - Aw, thank you so much for the lovely comment. You are too!!! God bless you. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      thelyricwriter - Wow, thank you so much for sharing your story (and you have shared some of it with me before!), and I know that God has watched over you with the angels around you. You are so very right, that there is a false thinking about those who are homeless. Believe it or not, right here in America, children and veterans are the ones who are most of those who are homeless!!! We are all really one paycheck away from being homeless ourselves. We should not judge, even if some of those or maybe even the majority have addiction issues or mental health issues. God bless you, and I thank God for you. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Faith this was so beautiful but I laughed through it too! Homelessness is really something I give a lot of thought to. I never see any except now and then a man at a red light in busy traffic selling something. Well I don't know that he is homeless but I always wonder where they stay especially since I hear there is not enough shelters for them. A few weeks back my son was going to work and heading onto the interstate he passed a woman running across it. She was limping. He had no sooner pulled onto the road than he saw this woman's body stretched out sailing right at his window. Then she went over a cement divider, she had been hit by the car behind my son. (She was killed) As it turned out there was homeless living under a bridge overpass and I guess that is where many of them take shelter. I wasn't the one to see this but I can tell you it bothered me so bad for so many days, even weeks. I always wish I could do something. So many people think homeless are homeless from choice and that makes me so mad. How can anyone think that? I think all the time how I would love to build a huge shelter to protect them from heat and cold and have hot meals. Our government could do that. Why don't they?

      God bless you.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Jackie - Wow, that is terrible, and I hope your son is okay, even from just having to see that too. That is so funny that you said that you think of building a huge shelter, as I think thoughts like that as well, and I, too, just cannot understand why it cannot be done. You are such a beautiful person, as one can always tell from one's heart. Your heart is beautiful, so that makes you very beautiful, inside and out. God bless you. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      (Yes, I worried about my son too witnessing that because he is Macho but very sensitive bottom line.) I think you are a beautiful person too Faith and I can tell that in your writings. For days now I have pictured this building and feeding these hungry and I often think of old women that could have been my mother if she hadn't had me. You know the rich in this US could do this and I wonder why God doesn't give the money to someone who cares and would do it, but you know I know I can't question God but I think he knows I would be no fool with money. Just one of those things of the devil I can't get across and well wishes don't help the homeless. This next month it is supposed to get worse than it has ever been with unemployment being at an all time low.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      I know that is exactly how I feel too, and He does test those who are blessed with great wealth, and this could all easily be done for sure by someone. Although, I know there are those who do give to orphans, etc. around the world, and I guess it may just seem overwhelming at times to just one person. I know, I think we all (the Nation and the world) need to cry out to the Lord and He will relieve us of our distress, as He has told us in His Word. There needs to be a reawakening or revival here. God bless you. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      A great hub.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Eiddwen - I am so glad you stopped by to read and comment. God bless. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Willette 4 years ago from Michigan

      Wow! That is awesome. This is such an inspiring story. I need to do better in my work for the Lord. Thanks for sharing this awesome story. God Bless!

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Kellyteam - thanks so much for stopping by to read. Remember we are not to compare ourselves, as He has us serving in different area and for different reasons no matter how big or small. Thank you for the lovely cmments to glorify our God. The Holy Spirit had to convict too, before I stepped out. God bless you too. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Skyler DeCristoforo 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I have a great deal of respect for you having written this article. Inspirational and moving, if only there were more stories like this to be told. Amazing work!

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hi SkySlave - So appreciate your visit here today. Thank you for taking the time in reading and leaving such lovely comments to glorify our LORD. Well, I plan on writing more of my experiences in these areas, so keep watching. You are welcome anytime, and please do stop in again. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      stars439 4 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

      What a wonderful thing to do, and a kind thing to give something to them. Indeed they probably dearly appreciated you're gifts. Great hub, And God Bless You.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hello stars - I am so glad for your visit. Thank you for the lovely comments dear one. I love serving Him as He tells us to do in Matthew 25:35-40 I don't want to be a goat, but I love being a sheep. God bless you. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      epigramman 4 years ago

      ....as you have probably guessed by now I am neutral on all religions but you don't have to be a follower of God to see the beauty (and common human decency) behind the story of this most incredible hub presentation by someone as truly special as you. It was a good day we met my friend for I am truly honored to be in your company both as an esteemed colleague and admirer of your beautiful heart.

      sending warm wishes your way and good energy too from lake erie time ontario canada 7:19am

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      Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      I think what humanity loses sight of is the fact that the homeless person, through circumstances beyond our control, could be anyone of us. I worked in a section of downtown STL for 13 years. I got to know many of the homeless and saw the hungry, sick, addicted and defeated everyday. I often took my breaks outside, when I'd get to know those that wanted to talk. One young man walked by and asked me how I was. I said the usual and asked him the same. He said "Fine, but I have a bad toothache." He was smiling, though. When he took his hand away from his jaw, it was bright red and swollen . I said "awww, you must be in terrible pain. What are you going to do?" He said "Oh, don't worry about me. I'll be fine." I still think about that man and I wonder what happened to him, like so many others I saw walking the streets in the bitter cold and miserable STL summers. They told me that they were afraid of staying in the shelters so they carried all their belongings on their backs. One bitter cold morning as I crossed the street from the workplace parking lot to the office, I saw an elderly man unconscious in the street. He was suffering from hypothermia. I ran inside to get him a cup of hot coffee. The police had arrived as I was exiting the office to bring the man a cup of coffee. The police were trying to sit the man upright in the street as I approached and said "Sir, I have a cup of coffee here for you." The police were unhappy with me and told me to get back inside. The one policeman took the cup of coffee and drank it as the other two cops jerked the man to his feet and dragged the homeless man to their vehicle. I understand that the police see human beings at their worst everyday, but I was shocked at the misery in the lives of the poor, who are treated far below the level I gave my pets.

      About a year after I witnessed this homeless man, I was laid off from my job of 13-years, due to the economy, immediately after I finalized a divorce. I remain unemployed, for the first time in my life. I have always had compassion for the homeless, but I have learned through experience the abject fear, despondency and wanting to disappear for the shame of feeling less than the rest of the working world. I have learned that the longer you are down, the more difficult, if not impossible it is to regain the ability to pull yourself up by your bootstraps and crawl from the hole of poverty. I'm lucky because I had some savings and the temporary benefit of unemployment insurance so I have a roof over my head for now. But, without health insurance, life becomes far more precarious. There is little help for the homeless, as without an address they are not privy to gov't help. The minister who has a homeless shelter downtown near my former workplace is being squeezed out by local businessmen and city officials, as the homeless population grows and their "visibility " is considered bad for business and local tourism. The sidewalk has been barricaded and disinfected by the city. It appears that the homeless are being herded toward the Mississippi River.

      Thank you, Faith, for your heart. Regardless of religious affliation or not, God created each of us, and we are all equal in his eyes. I know He is watching. Thank you for your awesome message.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Morning Most Precious One Epi,

      No, one sure does not dear one. It is evident by the words that are coming out of one's mouth that reflect one's heart. And your heart is overflowing with kindness to all. I am not here on HP to convert anyone to Christianity, but I am merely telling of my personal life experiences here on this planet.

      Life on this planet can be so very brutal, and my eyes are always open for any opportunity to give someone a little bit of hope by a small act of kindness in this harsh world.

      You are too kind to me with your lovely words here dear one. It truly was a wonderful day we met, as I am so thankful for such great writers as yourself and that you share yourself here on HP. I count our meeting here as another blessing in my life.

      Thank you so much for sending warm wishes and good energy my way this morning. Sweet Home Alabama time 9:38.

      Always remember you are a treasure.

      In His Love Always, Faith Reaper

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      epigramman 4 years ago

      ...yes your words of generosity and kindness always make my day - and I am the one who sent Amy here because she is a beautiful lady also both on the inside and the out. And if anyone champions the plight and the tragedy of the homeless people - then it is certainly Amy and you too my dear friend.

      lake erie time 10:54am just cut the grass for the last time this year (I think) and off into the water by mid-afternoon for a quick dip for maybe one of the last times this year (I think)

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      God bless you Amy,

      I am so thankful you have shared your life experiences here on this particular hub, which has added greatly to the subject matter.

      This world can be so brutal, and as you have stated here so profoundly, it could very well be us this very next day ---on that street, out in that cold, alone and hungry and thirsty.

      Yes, no matter what our faith or lack thereof, just as fellow human beings on this planet together, we all have a heart, which one would think that our hearts at the least feel some type of empathy towards the downtrodden. In my mind, there is no reason why any person in America should be homeless. It just boggles my mind. I am afraid though, that greed has filtered into the hearts of many, and it is "all about me."

      You mentioned the "visibility" of the homeless detracting from the businesses, which is exactly what I discuss in my poem, "Unseen By Choice," and then prompted me to write this hub here. How can we see another human being as just another a piece of garbage?

      I do not know the answer to all of this world's problems, of course, but I do now that each one of us can do something each day of our life. I believe that is why we are still here on this planet, to do exactly that, show love and kindness to humanity. I can think of no other reason why we are still here, but to reach out to those suffering.

      One may think, well, there is nothing I can do, and it is an overwhelming thought no doubt, but we can at least offer a kind gesture, that is simple enough.

      Amy, yes, we are ALL equal in His eyes, and that is the point. He tells us in His Word that those who are the least of these, will be first in the Kingdom of Heaven, and those that are first, will be the last.

      I am saddened by the brutality of your experience with law enforcement, but I know that are looking at it from another perspective, unfortunately.

      I appreciate your most thought-provoking comments here. May God bless you. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Dearest Epi,

      Thank you so much for sending Amy my way!!! Oh, what a lovely person inside and out, as evidenced by her heart for humanity and her very own life experiences.

      I do so hope you enjoy your day out and about the lake. Yes, better get that last dip in the lake, as I can imagine just how very cold that water will be soon!!!

      Sending the warmest of wishes back to you from sweet home Alabama. 10:25 a.m.

      In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Michael Tully 4 years ago

      What an inspiring story, Faith. Convicting, too. All too often I find myself claiming the tired old excuse that "the problem is so huge, and my resources so little," thereby talking myself out of doing anything at all. But surely, almost anybody (myself included) can make up 100 little paper bags.

      I will take this story to heart, act on it, and ask the Lord's forgiveness for my neglect of His service to the poor and downtrodden. My heartfelt thanks to you for speaking His message to me through your actions and your words.

      Grace and peace be with you, dear sister.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hello Dearest Brother Michael,

      I am so very glad for your visit here this day dear one. No need to ask for forgiveness, as we all over overwhelmed as to help with the staggering amount of those who are downtrodden or homeless right here in the good ole' USA, and around this brutal world. Just ask the Lord to reveal to you what it is He would have you to do in the area in which you work or live. Just ask Him to reveal to you as to your gifts and to open your eyes to what He would have you to see. Maybe get together with a couple of friends and throw around some ideas, but please always pray about it first. Who knows? The possibilities are unlimited, and then step back and watch God do His thing---really awesome to watch.

      I appreciate your refreshingly honest words here, to add to the subject of this hub. All need to be His hands and feet in this world.

      God Bless you. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Bobby Isenhower 4 years ago from Crothersville, IN

      I liked the story :) I love to hear stories like this, always good to know he's keeping us in check to make sure we are doing the things we should be doing :)

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Thanks so much Robert for stopping by to read and leave such lovely comments. Remember though, we are saved by grace, and not by works, as I am sure you know. The fruit of the spirit is what comes out in our actions and words when we are filled with the Holy Spirit.

      God bless you.

      In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Joseph De Cross 4 years ago

      Another perfect addition to our H.O.W hubs Faith. Thanks so much for the shout out! Your heart is indeed bigger thant the building where you work! Very touching and timely story about the homeless! You were linked as well!

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Thanks so much Joseph. Love that about my heart, and I appreciate your kind words, and I do work in a VERY large building. LOL You should know about how big one's heart is, as your's is overflowing so much love for humanity, obviously! I saw where CM Castro put her poem on the H.O.W. from back when, so I thought of my two hubs on homelessness too, as that is where my passion is . . . for those who are downtrodden and on the streets. They are human beings not garbage to just walk right past them with our eyes closed as if they do not exist.

      God bless. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Honey Halley 4 years ago from Illinois

      What an awesome story and so very kind of you. I've always loved that part of the Bible also. It helps people know what it means to follow in the footsteps of the Lord. Voted++++ Thanks for sharing.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hi HoneyBB,

      So glad to see you stopping by to read and leaving wonderful comments to glorify our Lord. Yes, when I choose to serve in a ministry, I always think of that scripture as it is most powerful as it points to whom we need to be helping, and we really do see the face of Jesus on those streets no doubt, as I have many times.

      Thanks for the vote up and sharing

      God bless. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Maria Jordan 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Dear Faith,

      Oh my, what a wonderful and inspiring hub...which shows clearly your inner beauty and goodness.

      I know it was a glorious day that the LORD introduced us.

      This is a perfect addition to the H.O.W. series. Voted UP and UABI.

      Love, Maria

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Dearest Maria,

      You are such a dear friend who inspires all of us too, with just your pure and loving heart for all.

      It was a very glorious day indeed, and I thank Him and praise Him for that blessing.

      Thank you so much for your lovely words. You mean so much to me and I admire you so much more than you will ever know.

      In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up. Sorry for missing this one. Fantastic hub. Your message comes shining through loud and clear. Awesome pics tell their own story. Passing this on. God bless.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Gypsy!

      So glad to see you stopping by to read and leaving a lovely comment. I appreciate your kind words here to glorify our Lord.

      Thanks so much for sharing.

      I'm sorry for the late comment, as I have my two granddaughters up for the weekend, so I am commenting here and there when I have a chance.

      God bless. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Faith my dear I thought I had commented on this wonderful hub.. I am so sorry..

      It is another wonderful HOW hub.. everyone is joining forces to write and try to do something to help others in the world. God bless you all

      I am linking this to my How HUB

      MERRY CHRISTMAS

      DEBBIE

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hi my dear friend Debbie,

      So good to see you here! No need for apologies dear. I am just getting in myself late, and we have to finish putting up Christmas decorations tonight (late on that as well), so I am just now reading email, etc.

      It is wonderful to see so many joining in the H.O.W. movement. Really, this is exactly why I write on HubPages since day one ---to love others. I loved your H.O.W. hub!!!

      God bless you too. Thanks so much for the link.

      MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU TOO.

      In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      You and I must be on the same wavelength right now--and you found your mercy--

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Audrey,

      Yes, I believe we are on the same wave length, but actually I had written this hub about three months ago or so. When I serve Him, my heart is always to serve the downtrodden, homeless, or in some type children's ministry. I usually just do something personal to glorify the Lord.

      I appreciate your comments and, yes, mercy is a must in this oh so brutal world today. I just think of about how His mercies are new each and every day for all of us and me, especially, and boy am I so very grateful. So, that thought tends to keep me mindful of showing mercy to others.

      In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      lovedoctor926 4 years ago

      Dear Faith, This is a very nice and heartwarming act of compassion. It makes you feel good inside when you know that you've made a difference in someone's life in lending a helping hand. This hub reminds me of the song. We are the world! God Bless you.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hi lovedoctor!

      I just love your HP name! I so appreciate your visit here to this little hub. If our hearts are right, then it is just a natural thing to do to reach out to others, even if in the smallest of gestures, still can brighten another person's day. In my case, I had to be convicted, although me eyes had already been opened to see those who are normally unseen.

      To really love, is to love those who are the hardest in this life to love, not speaking in terms of the downtrodden or homeless, but maybe those in our lives, even family, who just make it so very hard to love them, but we must always love unconditionally. That is true, agape love.

      Thank you so much for your kind words here.

      God bless you too. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Hi Faith, I missed this hub, but I'm very glad to have found it. This is powerful and pretty amazing.

      My best to you.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Jo,

      Thanks so much for the wonderful comments. It is a true account of what happened after having been convicted and my eyes were open to the homeless and downtrodden right around the building in which I work. When we serve others, it is amazing the blessings we actually receive!

      God bless, Faith Reaper

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      skye2day 4 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      Faith Reeper I read your profile and see you are taking some time. Awesome for you sweet sister. Listen to the soft sitll voice I know the Lord has works for you. I so love your mission story sister. You are precious and mighty for our Lord GOD. What an inspiration your writing has given many including me. You Keep going girl. I will so miss your writing. There is much I have not read yet but I will return. Do keep in touch with us hubbers.

      I can certainly relate to you will return when the Lord gives you what you are to write next. I am in that spot myself. Keep shining His glorious love girl. u will Phil 4:13 Many Blessings on your novel. I have one started as well. I think I was suppose to read this hub. The Spirit of God is moving on me. Love you. Hugs Galore faith reeper.

      My Love in Christ Jesus, Skye

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi sky2day,

      What a precious heart you are and a blessing this day and always. Thank you so much for your heartfelt words here this day to me.

      I will keep in touch and will be back for sure. This Easter Sunday, the 31st, will be my one year anniversary with HubPages. I believe the Lord has given me something to publish on that day, and how appropriately, due to the sole reason I decided to write here on HP was to attempt to glorify our Lord God. So, I do want to do that as part of my one year anniversary.

      Love you too precious one of the King!!! When His Spirit moves on you, then great things happen no doubt! Hugs galore back to you too skye.

      God bless you. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      stella vadakin 20 months ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

      I really appreciate this hub you have written on the homeless. I try and tell people it does not matter how they became homeless, we need to help. The point is we have a moral responsibility to these people. Just like I believe we must take care of them if they can not do it. You are a wonderful inspiration to everyone you come in contact with, God bless you and keep you. Wonderful and very true article.

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      Faith Reaper 20 months ago from southern USA

      Oh, Bless you, Dear Stella,

      You do have a heart for the downtrodden just as Jesus does. Yes, I think that each one of us can do something, whether it is just offering a lovely smile to brighten another one's day. Or even just to acknowledged them as human beings and not just garbage on the streets, as many do.

      I know we are not to boast about serving the Lord, but I wanted to boast in the Lord as He and the Holy Spirit opened my eyes to the plight of the downtrodden for sure. Praise Him! Nowadays, I need to ask the Lord to open my eyes again and see where He would have me serve Him.

      God bless you too, precious heart.

      I appreciate your lovely comments.

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      Cynthia 7 months ago from Vancouver Island, Canada

      Hi Theresa-- I must have missed this article, but it caught my eye this morning as I wait upon my husband to go for a walk. It's another July and that means that there are lots of poor souls on street corners in cities everywhere in the Western Hemisphere longing for the quenching of the water of the Holy One. I am always touched by your loving ministry and was particularly touched today. A cool drink and a kind word is so little to give to a person in great need, but so often forgotten. Thanks for the nudge! God bless you! ~Cynthia

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      Faith Reaper 7 months ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear Cynthia,

      Oh, yes, it has been one of the hottest summers this summer with temperatures in the triple digits! I can't imagine being out on those streets tired and thirsty.

      I do believe we can all do a little something to acknowledge another person ...even a smile and kind word.

      I can tell you have a sweet spirit about you. I'm glad the Lord opened my eyes to see those around me who may a little help.

      God bless you

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