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Unseen by Choice - A Poem about Homelessness - A True Account

Updated on September 13, 2016
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When Theresa writes poetry, the inspiration comes from her or her family's true life experiences, which results in dramatic poetry.

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Unseen by Choice


You there,

Seemingly imperceptible,

Standing,

Body laden with layers of winter coats,

On the busy downtown corner

In the oppressive heat;

Wide eyes peering through thick black frames,

Against dark brown skin,

Surviving the injustices of the world?

You there,

Thinking, what are you?

Acknowledged by no one.

Where are you Christians?

Oh, we are here,

See us driving by?

Yes, we are still saved.

Such hypocrisy!

You there,

Seen, but unseen;

With passers by, no eye contact made.

Who will help you?

Not I,

Rather someone else;

Those other Christians,

Help, why do not they?

Such indignation!

You there,

Forgive us; our indifference blinds us.

While you,

Standing on steaming concrete,

Do not faint.

Though covered from head to toe,

Heat exhaustion

Does not take you.

Are you thirsty?

No, with His tears,

The Lord sustains.

You there,

Persevering for the reward,

When the unseen shall be seen

And too, shall the choices of the seen.

Of what use is a conscience?


I work in downtown Montgomery, Alabama, and one evening after leaving work in the middle of the oppressive heat of 110 degrees in July of 2005, I saw a homeless man standing on one of the busiest corners.


At first, I thought he was a heavy man, but that was not the case. He was wearing every article of clothing in his possession, including a coat or coats! My mind could not comprehend how he stood there without fainting in such heat. It was as though I was the only person on the planet who saw this man. As I drove past him and turned the corner on which he was standing, my thoughts were questioning, why was no one else helping this man or, at the very least, offering him a drink of water?


It was then, right at that moment, the Holy Spirit convicted me, "What about you?" What! It was right after that conviction I began a personal ministry to minister to the homeless and/or downtrodden within just that few blocks surrounding my workplace.


And it is true, you will see the face of Jesus. After I had given out my 100 brown paper bags containing maps to homeless shelters in the area, proteins bars, bottled water, scripture of the Good News, I no longer see this particular man I encountered face-to-face one evening. That is another story.


This conviction prompted me to write this poem. I didn't think to take a picture with my cellphone at the time, but not sure that would have been appropriate. This is my very first submission, and I'm not sure I've submitted it correctly. We help others to glorify our LORD GOD, not to boast in ourselves.


Please enjoy the song and video below. It is another one of my new favorites that I recently heard on the radio, so I thought I would add it to this poem.


Copyright at Faith Reaper, July 4, 2005 (All rights reserved)


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The Holy Bible at 11 Corinthians 4:18 states:

"We fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal."


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      Marlene Bertrand 5 years ago from Northern California, USA

      Excellent, excellent poem. Chills ran through my body as I read your explanation. My husband and I had the same experience (exactly)! We do exactly as you described with the bags of food. We pray for each person we encounter and just last week I thought we should also include a message with their meal. Wow! The Lord delivers messages from every realm of life. Your poem is a message which inspires me to do more. I will also now include maps to homeless shelters.

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      Faith Reaper 5 years ago from southern USA

      Wow, How awesome is He!!! I am glad He has made our eyes and ears open to the Holy Spirit. I was very elementary, as on the outside of my brown paper bags, one side I drew a cross, and on the other wrote scripture. I also placed scripture about salvation inside the bag. I have many a stories to write about during this time of serving the Lord in this manner. So, I need to get started. It is amazing to know that His Word never comes back void!!! In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Pete 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      The passage in Matthew 25 springs to mind, which is a truly scary one for any believers to read. If we, as Christians, cannot stop to lend a hand what hope is there. Great poem, great hub, great message. I applaud you as a co-laborer in Christ for the steps you are taking. Blessing upon you and your ministry.

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      Faith Reaper 5 years ago from southern USA

      Thanks petenali, and that passage in scripture, Matthew 25:31-46, is how and why I choose the various ministries in which I serve! How amazing is it that you mentioned that particular scripture. I also served in a women's prison ministry and that was the scripture of why we served in that ministry. I will write about that soon. Yes, I do not want to be a goat! May God bless you and keep you as well. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      frogyfish 5 years ago from Central United States of America

      A realistic poem showing the carelessness of too many people...and the hurting, seemingly useless others. May we all hear that "What about you?"

      You spoke beauty even in the sadness, reinforced it by your ACTION!

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      Faith Reaper 5 years ago from southern USA

      Thank you frogyfish for the great comments. Yes, "Faith without works is dead." In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Lord De Cross 5 years ago

      I was there and thou Beheld me. Bless your heart Faith... In his name.

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      Faith Reaper 5 years ago from southern USA

      lord, I just figured out how to add a video to this first hub. Ha. Now, I feel like a little child in a candy store.

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      A brilliant hub and thanks for sharing.

      Eddy.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Eddy- So glad to see you visiting here. I appreciate the lovely comment. This is one of my very first hubs I published on Hub Pages in April when I joined, so it did not get much attention then. I hope it will now, as I can highlight it on the new profile page, and it brought you here. Have a wonderful day. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

      It's amazing that you were able to draw inspiration from a sight that most people would choose to ignore. Voting this Up and Beautiful.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hi alocsin - So glad for your visit. Thank you so much for your kind words. We need to look at the world through His eyes and see what He would like for us to see for sure! Please stop by again. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      Hello, My Friend...

      Yes, many sail my our homeless brothers and sisters turning a blind eye. It breaks my heart. It is OUR problem to help these souls. : You do it unto the least of these my brethren, you do it unto me" So glad you shared this story of selfless giving, Faith. You are a shining light for us. Your friend in Christ, ps

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hello dearest Sister in Christ ps - I am so happy to see you here on my very first hub I ever published here, that did not get much attention, as well . . . my very first hub and no one knew me yet. Yes, let's get out and see the face of Jesus, He's right here in our streets! God bless you dear one. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Oh Dear Sister Faith thank you for writing this.. we all should take this to heart.. make sure we listen to the Holy Spirit and help those in need.

      God bless you my friend

      Debbie

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dearest Sister Debbie - I am so happy to see your lovely face popping in to read as always! Thank you so much for your wonderful words to glorfiy our LORD GOD and the Holy Spirit's convictions, which we all really do need to listen to each day. You have such a beautiful spirit of love of others, and He shines brightly through you dear one. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Mike Pugh 4 years ago from New York City

      I sense your true inner self through this poem and the end conclusion where you met that helpless homeless man. I myself have been there and I know how it is to be on the other side of the coin Faith, and so now you see what motivates me to do as I do here online today and as a writer on hubpages.

      I commend you on your helping support you provide for those homeless folks out where you reside, and god surely has blessed you indeed for doing so, and even if you're not looking to receive a thing back in return.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Mike, I am so glad you have found this particular hub, as it was the very first hub I published on HP when I joined in April, and as I have stated here, it did not receive a lot of traffice as I was brand new to hubbing, and then it got pushed down to the bottom. However, since we have the new profile page where we can highlight those hubs that are really our favorite for personal reasons, I am so thankful. Thank you for your awesome comments here, and I know you know all to well about this dear one. You are an inspiration to many. I appreciate you. Please stop by again. God bless. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Richard J ONeill 4 years ago from Bangkok, Thailand

      Oh my, what a great poem, both because of your skill with words and because of the compassionate nature of it.

      Yes, sadly, it is true that most people don't even 'see' these homeless souls wandering or standing in the streets. It's absolutely incredible how we are able to somehow filter out that part of society in favor of our own desires and whims.

      This is also true of elderly people these days too, invisible!! They built our world and made it what it is. How can we not see them!!

      However, with righteous and compassionate souls like you on this earth, goodness will no doubt prevail in the end!

      Great poem, interesting hub.

      Have a nice day and peace to you. :)

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Wow, Rich - What a lovely visit from you. I am humbled by your encouraging words here. Yes, I do not understand how we can disregard others as just as if they are garbage on the streets, when they are another human being, just like you and I. Thank for your great point as to the elderly, as I am afraid, a lot of that does happen in this country, where other cultures are much better at respecting their elders and learning from what they have learned throughout their whole lives to share in their wisdom, yet we do not want it and we sometimes do not take care of them in the manner in which they should be cared for, as they do in other cultures. I love your third statement before your last! Peace to you too dear one. Please stop by again. I appreciate your thoughts that have added greatly to this hub. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      skye2day 4 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      faithreaper Precious child of God. This is an awesome post. You are transparent and the Holy Spirit does indeed move on you. You keep going sister. You will I am sure. Phil 4:13 For your first post this is fine work. How can it not be the Spirit of God on you. I wrote a story about chadwick the glass cleaner. You might appreciate it if you get a chance. God Bless you sista. Hugs your way.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hi skye,

      I am so glad for your visit here. Thank you so much for the wonderful comments and that special scripture. Yes, it was nothing but the Holy Spirit who convicted me that day to go forward, but my eyes had already been opened by the Lord.

      Chadwick the glass cleaner sounds very intriguing.

      God Bless you too Sister. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Thought I left a message here, sorry I didn't. It is outrageous for America to have homeless, it really is. No one wants to look at them and the government wants to help anyone but them, that should tell people something! If we built shelters in the country and let these people help raise their own food, the ones mentally and physically able to, I am sure people like you and me would surely help support it! I especially worry daily about the children and old women. My mom may as well have been homeless while she was in nursing home care. No one fed her or kept her warm and they ended up killing her. Since I have no homeless around me I think it must be her that puts this burden on my heart, unless it is our Savior. Don't you think that a good idea though? Perhaps many volunteers, doctors, etc could help them too and if they have a residence I think our government would be forced to help them! We have a local thing that helps needy but most of that goes to illegals and then there is nothing left for citizens and I believe the bible scripture that says, even the heathen take care of their own first...not in America!

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Jackie,

      I am always blessed by your visits. Oh, yes, Jackie, that is an awesome idea!!! Do you want to run for office? I think that if each one of us here on this planet actually does at least something, this world be a much better place. There are no homeless around where I live now, but there are tons around the building in which I work in the city. Oh, me, I am so very sorry about your precious mother dear one. That is something that should never happen either, but I know it does. God bless you. My mother cannot walk now and is in a facility and also has dementia, which is a terrible thing to have to watch. I pray every day for the Lord to send angels to protect her and for a special hedge of protection around her, and that no one be allowed to enter that facility, unless they are brought there by Him. She will be 84 in December. Yes, I think that is an awesome idea, especially if doctors would all each volunteer one day out a month, even, that would be great. You are a true blessing to know via HP and just a great person overall. God bless you dear one. I appreciate your profound comments here to add to this hub. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Janis Leslie Evans 4 years ago from Washington, DC

      FaithReaper, so glad that I stopped by after reading your profile. I've read several of your hubs; they are just marvelous. You are doing a great ministry here at hubpages, spreading God's love. This one on the homeless touches me because I run a breakfast ministry for the homeless and have written poems about what I see and feel. I will make a hub about it soon. Your hub on breast cancer is very inspiring. My sister is winning her battle, too, through strong faith and belief in God's healing grace. I'm sure we will cross paths again soon in the hub community. Up and awesome. Peace.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Dearest janshares,

      I am so thrilled you stopped to read and comment on this particular hub, as it is one of the very first hubs I published that did not get much attention, and it is one of the most special ones to me. God bless you dear one for your awesome breakfast ministry for the homeless. I cannot wait to read your poems. It is getting late here 12:38 a.m. and I have to get up early at 5:00 a.m. to commute an hour to work and back into the city. But I will make a point to come back and read all of your wonderful hubs dear one. I am so glad we meet via HP. I have not one bit of doubt He can heal as He has done so many times in my lifetime. I shall pray for your sister.

      God bless you.

      In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Janis Leslie Evans 4 years ago from Washington, DC

      Thank you, FaithReaper. Her name is June. Sleep well, get your rest.

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      i loved this and i love you..(lol)

      Your heart exposes itself so effortlessly and is filled with love and compassion!

      And bravery! It is not easy to see beyond...to see what needs to be seen but is so difficult..

      to see what needs to be seen but is so unimportant to society's warped values..

      and then - to do something about it!

      My deepest respects, Faith and thank you for this beautiful story..

      sharing with the hub-munity...

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Leslie,

      Thank you so much for stopping by to share your love here. Love you too - and love your political views as well!!!

      Leslie, I am so very humbled by your lovely words here, which really glorify our sweet Lord. We can talk about doing something all day long, but if we just step out in faith, even just a simple act of kindness towards another one in this ever-increasing brutal world we live in, can change the world for the better. At least that is what I believe.

      When we are able to really open our eyes to the reality of those who are downtrodden, and extend a hand, then that possibly gives another a little bit of hope, which can go a long way.

      I appreciate you for blessing me here with your presence and your loving heart that you have shared so freely. That is that true agape love.

      I am so very sorry for the late comment, but I just got in from a long day at work, and I did stop by to visit with my grandchildren before heading home. It is 9:00 p.m. on the nose, here in southern USA.

      Bless you always. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      This is oh, so true Faith: "Unseen by Choice". More often than not, we tend to turn our eyes off them. Is it human nature though, paranoid or simply too busy in racing and making a living? So, when do we care for our less fortunate brothers and sisters?

      Wonderful you, wonderful job, wonderful hub! What great example Faith! Love the hub! May you continue to be blessed and be a blessing to others.

      Up and sharing.

      Love from the sky~

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hi CriSp,

      I am so glad for your visit here. This is one of my first poems I published here on HP and it did not get much notice until the new profile page, where one can highlight a poem. So, slowly but surely more and more are coming around.

      Thank you so much for your great comments to add to this hub. Well, in my case, it was the Holy Spirit who had to convict me to actually do a little something, just a small act of kindness.

      God bless you always dear one. In His Love Always, Faith Reaper

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      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      Dear Faith Reaper,

      I am really touched by your beautiful words in your poem and your equally beautiful story. In that busy corner where everyone else avoided to see the poor man standing with out care, Jesus diverted you there.

      Your angelic heart had made that man's heart sing; and it is true that when you approach them, you will see Jesus in their faces.

      Here, I can't help it but I would love to share to you a story...

      Just before reaching the doors to a McDonald's stop, I noticed an old beggar on top of the landing. Across the end of the ramp came towards me and my daughter (she was 7 at that time) a mother and her little boy. They passed the poor elderly man who was stationed right outside the glass doors with his palm extended and pulled her son away from him. My little girl had a few change in her pocket and asked me, "Mom, can I give this to him?" I replied to her, "Go ahead." As I watched, she handed all her change and the beggar smiled. He then looked at me and asked, "May I hold her hand, madam?" I nodded, smiled at him and told my girl that it is okay. So, he took my daughter's hand and pat it. She wasn't scared of him because I never teach my children to be afraid of the homeless and those who beg on the streets. As he took her hand he said to her, "You are a beautiful child. God bless you." Then, we walked inside.

      I felt my heart lightened and probably my little girl felt the same. I remember from the look of that man's face, it seemed like seeing Jesus' face. I praised my little girl for sharing and being kind and I gave her a hug. We were about to give him a treat from McDonald's when we couldn't find him again. "Was that really Jesus in disguise?" I thought.

      Voted Up and sharing the love and kindness...the choice is ours. The choice is now.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Dearest Tess ~

      Thank you for your lovely words of kindness spoken from your heart.

      Well, in my case, the Holy Spirit is the one who had to convict me, but my eyes were open.

      I am so thrilled you shared your beautiful story here to add much to this hub and to glorify our Lord. Your daughter's precious heart is no doubt just as is your heart . . . full of love that is overflowing no doubt.

      I am so very blessed to know you via HP. I always enjoy your astounding comments, as they, in and of themselves, are precious gems which can stand alone.

      I believe you and your daughter did see the face of Jesus.

      Thank you for the vote up . . . yes, we all have a choice . . . love and kindess

      God bless. In His Love Always, Faith Reaper

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      What a great poem--your faith moves me---and I hope you are well

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hello Audrey,

      Thank you for visiting and leaving lovely comments.

      Yes, dear one, I am well on this day. My PT INR levels have been good for the past two weeks. The only thing is I cannot have another CT Scan until February to determine whether or not the large blood clots are still in my lungs or not. So, I still have to take the blood thinner daily. I believe they have finally found the right dosage to keep the levels between 2 and 3. If they drop below that, then it is a serious matter, if the clots have not absorbed into my body yet.

      God is in control. Whatever His will is, no doubt! If I am still here, then I know there is a reason why.

      Last year in June 2011, He healed me of DCIS breast cancer, which I have written about.

      And this time in May, after another surgery, which went well, however, in the fourth week, the blood clots were found. It is always something. Thank you for asking.

      God bless. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Bless you and stay well

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Bless you too dearest Audrey. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      My mom got so she couldn't walk either and I know now it was because they would not get her up and exercise her and I went so many times to make sure they would and it was one excuse after another until finally her feet turned in and there was no way she would ever walk again. Many of these places go through patients like they are paper towels and they mean about that much to them. I fought as hard as I could for her but it was not enough and it will always hurt me how it had to end. God bless you and your mom that it not be the same. I know they do have some good places now but they all need surprise visits to know for sure.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Jackie,

      God bless you dear one. Just the thought of your dear mother, and any person's mother, having to go through that suffering when the persons employed at such places are not caring and not being responsible enough to do what it is necessary for another person. They sure do take all of the family's money and then just leave them.

      Jackie, I know in my heart that you did everything humanly possible to help your cherished mother. I can tell your heart is still aching from all of what your mother went through. It is so very hard to see that most cherished one in such a state. Your love for your mother just shines through your words, and that tells so much about the condition of your heart ----full of love.

      Thank you so much for your heartfelt concerns for my mother as well, and you are right they do need surprise visits. I am thankful my brother and youngest sister and their families live nearby to do just that, pop in for surprise visits. I live in another state, and I do have many difficult days, even just this week was so very difficult.

      You are a beautiful person with a loving heart, to be able to pick up on that dear one.

      Thank you my dear friend. God bless. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I don't know if you have joined our Facebook H.O.W. movement, but you are most welcome my dear. :)

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Thanks Bill . . . is it the website? I have the other homelessness hub too.

      In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Joseph De Cross 4 years ago

      Thanks Faith reaper for the update. Your hub has been posted in our site. Powerful and emotional tale of homelessness in this country of ours!

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Thanks Joseph,

      You are a great asset to use your God-given gifts to help create such an awesome website, which will help spread the love for humanity all around this world, as we each do our little part.

      God bless you. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

      Faith, if I had not already loved you, I would after reading this. God bless you! Your heart is beautiful and you radiate love. I am so honored to call you my friend. Voted way up and sharing.

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      Mike Pugh 4 years ago from New York City

      I think this poem tops it off when it comes to helping humanity, I know this Faith because you definitely have been touched by the lord, this is my second time making it here, and for commenting, but I would like to say thanks once again for being so kind, for being so caring, and for giving to those who you know not of.

      This is a great example of real change, and you my dear are one of a kind indeed. Thumbs up and out once more!

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Linda,

      Thank you so much! You are the best . . . and loved beyond measure too. You are very dear and close to my heart. I am blessed to call you my friend as well. Together we can all use our voices in each of our very unique talents and views to make a difference no doubt! I believe that even if just ONE person is saved from harm or helped in some manner through this movement, then we have done our part, as ONE person's life is priceless to me.

      Hugs and Love to you my dear friend. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Mike (CloudExplorer),

      Thank you so much for the very kind words. I just cannot walk by another person on the street with my eyes closed, as they have been open, without doing at least a little something. They are human beings, not garbage. When each and every ONE of us do this, it makes the world just a little bit better place in which to live. Our hearts must be transformed into reflecting that true love for others. Our young children must be inspired at an early age and be made aware that there are other children out there hurting and how even ONE child can make a difference. ONE person can make a difference in at least ONE life.

      I appreciate your lovely words here. God bless you. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      ignugent17 4 years ago

      It is a beautiful poem. It is always sad to see them and someday there will be a better world for all of us. :-)

      It is really touching.

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      Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      Beautiful poem. Thank you so much for writing it.

      Voted up.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hi ignugent,

      So happy to see you stopping by to read as always! You are so right, there will be a better world for us all, as this world is temporal and passing away, and it is not our true home no doubt.

      Thank you for the wonderful comments here. I appreciate you so much. While we are here, I believe we can each do a little something to make this planet a much nicer place in which to live, just by loving one another.

      God bless you. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Michele,

      So glad to see you here reading! Thank you so much for the lovely comment. I appreciate you so much.

      God bless. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Maria Jordan 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Dear Faith,

      Your humanity and compassion shows in all you write, especially when the subject is our vulnerable populations, like the homeless, veterans, children.

      This is touching and most memorable. Voted UP and UABI.

      Love,

      Maria

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Thank you so much dear Maria,

      I am so glad for your visit and I appreciate your kind words as always.

      It just breaks my heart each and every time I see one who is downtrodden or homeless, and they are ever-increasing no doubt. The veterans, really get to me, especially after they have served their country and now are homeless. Makes no sense to me at all.

      Thank you for the Votes

      God bless. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Girish puri 4 years ago from NCR , INDIA

      Faith, God bless you.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Dear girishpuri,

      God bless you too dear friend.

      In His Love Always, Faith Reaper

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      This is outstanding and one of the best HOW hubs I have read. The poem is very moving. Your ideas of making bags with maps and all is very practical and a great suggestion for those of us looking for a way to make a difference. Excellent!

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Tammy,

      Thank you so much for the awesome comments! I really appreciate you stopping by to read. I am very humbled by your words. You are the best.

      In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      SilverGenes 4 years ago

      There is so much in this poem that stirs the heart and the ideas are excellent. I especially like the map you included along with the food and water. You probably made a difference to people's lives that you will never know.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hello SilverGenes!

      So glad for your visit here this day! Thank you so much for your lovely comments here. I appreciate you so much and adding to this hub to glorify our Lord, as it was the Holy Spirit who had convicted me to serve the homeless, as I stated. We all can do just a little something nice to at least one person each day, whether just a nice smile or a kind little gesture, really does go a long way.

      God bless you. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      MissJamieD 4 years ago from Minnes-O-ta

      I absolutely love this hub, and the bible verse at the end. How enlightening. I've always been a compassionate, helpful person, so I understand your plight 100%. Good for you for helping others, I wish we had more people like you in this world.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hello again MissJamieD,

      So nice to see you stopping by again to read. I appreciate the visit! Thank you so much for your lovely comments here. We can all make a difference in this world each and every day, when we open our eyes to what is around us, and then just do it!

      God bless you. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      MissJamieD 4 years ago from Minnes-O-ta

      Thank you Faith:) By the way I don't know if that's your real name but I love the name Faith. Not only because it sounds beautiful but because I have newfound faith, in the Lord. I look up to anyone who spreads the word, without hesitation, because the world needs more love like that. Hugs

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hi MissJamieD,

      Thanks so much. It is just my hub name. The way I came up with it is that my given name means "harvester" or "reaper" and then I just threw in the Faith part, as I am growing in my faith every day. I am so glad for your newfound faith in the Lord. Thanks so my for such lovely comments here to glorify our Lord God. You have caught His eye no doubt! Yes, the world does indeed. I really chose to not use my real name here, so to give Him all the glory and any accolades received all belong to Him.

      God bless you. Hugs and love, Faith Reaper

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      MissJamieD 4 years ago from Minnes-O-ta

      Thanks again Faith, I love your hubs:)

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Thanks so much dear MissJamieD!

      God bless, Faith Reaper

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      So heartrending and straight from your heart. A wonderful share and I vote up plus share. Here's wishing you a wonderful weekend.

      Eddy.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Eddy,

      Thanks so much for your kind words here. We all can do our little part in this world to make it a little better for sure!

      Blessings to you too. And hoping your weekend is lovely too.

      God bless, Faith Reaper

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      samuel hodges 4 years ago from Winston-Salem NC

      That is so true. The homeless man. What became of him?

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hello Samuel,

      So great to see you stop by for a visit here this day!

      Thank you so much for reading. Thanks for asking! I have my related hub linked here towards the top to tell of, as they say, the rest of the story. I thought I had both hubs linked to each other, but when you commented, I did not see it, so thank you very much! I must have been concentrating on linking others' hub.

      I do hope you enjoy the rest of the story.

      God bless you. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      samuel hodges 4 years ago from Winston-Salem NC

      That is very good. The work you do means a lot.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hello again dearest Samuel,

      I am blessed by your visits here this day. Thank you so much. I hope you found my other link near the top to read the rest of the story. Thanks to you, I noticed I had not had these two linked, but now I do.

      God bless you. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Gail Sobotkin 3 years ago from South Carolina

      This was so powerful.

      Yes, that moment when we find ourselves wondering why no one else is helping is a true call to action.

      I love how you put it: "It was then, right at that moment, the Holy Spirit convicted me, "What about you?"

      Stopped by to wish you congratulations on your Hubbie Award. You surely do live up to your chosen hubber name!

      Blessings & Love,

      Gail

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear Gail,

      Thank you so much. You are so kind. Yes, and that is exactly how it happened, talk about being convicted ... and I have been blessed He convicted me of such and I have never regretted one moment, never!

      Oh, thank you so much, you are such a lovely person with a kind heart full of love for all. I am still in shock that I won a Hubbie, when there are so many so deserving.

      When I first started writing here on HP, I told Him I wanted to glorify Him and only Him and not myself, so I give Him the award for all that He has done in my life. I am a non-fiction writer, so that I may share a message of hope and love to all through my writings of true accounts where the Lord showed up mightily in my life, and in my commenting to share love and hope. I pray I have never been too preachy, but just allowed the love He has placed in my heart to flow out to others here who may read and whose work I love to read.

      Love and blessings to you and yours,

      Faith Reaper

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      Gail Sobotkin 3 years ago from South Carolina

      Your heart, love and intentions to glorify the Lord shine through in your writing but I'm not surprised you give Him all the credit. Continue spreading his word and blessing all those who read your beautiful, true stories.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Thank you again so much dear Gail. That is why I choose not to use my real name here. However, in an interview, I did reveal such and then just placed my real first name on my profile, but it just did not feel right, so I removed it.

      God bless you. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Unseen by Choice ~ Based on a True Account ~ Homelessness / H.O.W. Wow this is truly a heartfelt hub so much to feel here and you always share such beautifully written hubs. the many who are homeless is sad and also children are affected by this so innocent and have to go through the hard times and those in need really need some care from us great thinking power.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Thank you so much Devika (DDE),

      At lunch now, my computers are down, so sending through my phone this day. Hope they will be back up and running so I can comment and publish again. I am behind on the giving of this week's Hug!

      I appreciate your kind comments here. Yes, everyone needs a helping hand at some point in their life for sure. They are people and not trash! Each one of can do something. I truly believe that even the smallest act of kindness makes a big impact in another one's life.

      Hugs and love,

      Faith Reaper

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      Peg Cole 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      I loved this poem and your story about the homeless man. It is hard to imagine trying to keep up with all our worldly possessions by wearing them all at one time. What daily challenges the homeless face. Thanks for this poem and for bringing awareness.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear Peg,

      Thank you so much for reading! Yes, I could not imagine such. I appreciate your kind comments as to the homeless and their plight.

      Blessings,

      Faith Reaper

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      Anna Haven 3 years ago from Scotland

      Your poem was very poignant and well written Faith Reaper. Even more so the message within it was crucial. It is the same here in the UK as people wander invisibly in a circle they are locked in and can't get out off.

      It is something I feel really strongly about and the need for major reforms in the way it is tackled by the powers that be is glaring.

      Your compassion and beliefs shout out from the page and the very clear message. Sometimes we should open our eyes and see what is happening to our fellow souls all around us, even though it hurts or change will never come.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      I saw this on the HP home page when I signed in and thought "why didn't I receive notification that Faith Reaper had published a new hub?" Then I see it was two years old, doesn't matter I loved this. Your poem is very good and I applaud you on your wonderful heart and good work with the homeless. Many Christians are hypocrites I am sorry to say and leave their Christianity at church, leaving up to others to act. Voted up.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Anna,

      Thank you so much for digging one of the very first poems I had written when I joined HP!

      I appreciate your heart in these issues too. I appreciate your powerful and most generous comments here, which add much to the topic of this hub!

      Blessings to you dear Anna

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Jodah,

      I am so glad you saw this on the HP home page when you signed in! Dear Anna, may have shared it? Yes, this one is really the first poem or one of the very first poems I had written on HP when I joined. I think my best poems are back at that time.

      I am thrilled you love it. When the Lord opened my eyes, boy, were they opened wide! I praise Him, as it was He who opened my eyes to see what He had wanted to me see that was right out there in front of me. There are truly many hypocrites as you say for sure, but when we are in that true close and intimate relationship with the Lord, the Holy Spirit will open our eyes to things we may have not seen before. Homelessness is a ministry in which I love to be involved and I have a couple of other poems/stories which resulted from this incident from back then.

      Thank you for the vote up.

      Have a lovely day. God bless you. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Anna Haven 3 years ago from Scotland

      Hi Faith Reaper

      Mystery solved; I did share.

      I just really loved the poem, the inspiring story, your obvious faith and love and the incredibly important message within them.

      Everyone deserve love, peace and the respect of their fellow man and it is tragic when you see the injustice in our world just now. You highlighted that well and also the way to change it by all taking individual steps.

      Anna :)

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hello again, Anna,

      Oh, bless you precious heart for sharing.

      I appreciate your kind and most generous comments here once again. Yes, everyone deserves love, peace and the respect of their fellow man ... beautifully stated.

      I hope you have a lovely weekend ahead. P.S. I love your new profile pic ... just beautiful!

      Blessings and love to you,

      Faith Reaper

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Oh..Faith, you touched my heat with your poem and your faith. This became one of my favorites and it is bookmarked.

      Voted up UAI, shared and pinned to Awesome Hubpages.

      You are an inspiration.

      Blessings and Hugs

      Shyron

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear Shyron,

      Thank you so much for stopping by to read and leaving such kind comments. Oh, I am so glad it is one of your favorites, as it was the very first one I ever published on HP!

      I appreciate the vote up and more, share and pin too.

      You are too.

      Blessings and (((Hugs))),

      Faith Reaper

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      Romeos Quill 3 years ago from Lincolnshire, England

      A very poignant and unfortunately, still relevant issue affecting tens of thousands of people in all countries. We do what we can and when celebrities, royalty and musicians bring this important issue to the fore, things get done on a grander scale it seems. Jon Bon Jovi opened his own restaurant for the homeless offering them excellent meals in return for them tending to the gardens or washing a few dishes, as he used to be homeless as well at one time. Princess Diana in this country, when she was alive used to secretly go out into the streets of London at night and give to the homeless - a real people's Princess, whose fine example and legacy she passed on to her sons. Have been close there myself many years ago and it's not a pleasant experience when there are countless boarded-up empty houses and local landlords/property managers/esses decide to skyrocket their rent requirements at a time when wages were not being increased proportionately to match.

      An important video as well and as usual dear Faith, your faithful compassion shines through.

      You are the true Queen of Hearts.

      With Warmest Regards;

      R.Q.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear Romeos,

      Thank you so much for your insightful comment here, which adds much to the topic of this hub. Yes, I knew about Jon Bon Jovi helping the homeless. I saw a video or documentary about his life. It is a beautiful thing to help those in need, and we all could be one paycheck away from such ourselves. Ah, yes, a real people's Princess, Princess Diana. She was certainly a beautiful person, inside and out, and one with a beautiful heart.

      Greed is out of control in charging so much for rent. I just don't know how many even afford to eat after paying for a place to live! Well, some do not! There truly needs to be some sort of regulation to the skyrocketing rent.

      Thank you for sharing of your personal not so pleasant experience. Bless you.

      Always such a treat when you stop by to read.

      Blessings and peace to you always,

      Faith Reaper

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      Patsy Bell Hobson 3 years ago from zone 6a, SEMO

      I believe you have a golden heart. Up, UABI and more.

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      Mary Hyatt 3 years ago from Florida

      Your first photo is amazing! No matter how hungry the homeless man is, he will make sure his dog is cared for and loved.

      I'm so glad I saw this on the feed this morning, and had the opportunity of reading your story.

      Voted UP, etc. and shared on Google+

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Faith, you captured the plight of homelessness in your poem,even if there were no pictures. You also captured the feeling of us the onlookers who should be prompted to do something about it. Thank you for this powerful message!

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 3 years ago from Reno NV

      Thank you Faith for spreading the message of love, we all deserve it whether we have a home or not. Jamie

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      Peggy Woods 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Some of our homeless men, women and children probably get more love from their pets than other humans around them. This was so touching a poem and you will get your eternal reward for being so kindhearted and helpful towards those who do not have the shelter of a permanent home. It is so sad that we have homeless people in our country! Sharing and I also gave it a Google+ and saw it from mary615 on the Google+ feed.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Thank you for leaving such a kind comment, dear Patsybell. I give all praise and glory to our Lord God, as He opened my eyes and my heart.

      I appreciate the vote up and more.

      Bless you

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear Mary,

      Oh, I am so glad someone, possibly Patsy, must have shared this hub this morning. What a blessing, as I have not been able to publish anything of late, but hope to do so soon. I really do not want to just write something just to write, but something to inspire, hopefully. This hub is special to me, as it is one of the very first poems/hubs I ever published when I joined HP, and for the message ... hoping to inspire and glorify the Lord God.

      I appreciate your kind comments. Yes, that one photo of the homeless man with his dog, really gets to me too.

      Thank you so much for the vote up, more and sharing on Google +

      Hugs and blessings always

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear MsDora,

      Always so lovely when you stop by to read. Thank you so much for your generous and insightful comments.

      God bless you.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Thank you so much, Jamie, for reading. I appreciate your kind comments. Yes, we certainly do indeed!

      Peace and blessings to you and your lovely family

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hello PeggyW,

      Thank you so much for reading. Yes, it is sad and I never thought that there should be any homeless people anywhere in this world, especially children, who are hungry, and especially in our country. However, they are there, sadly, and growing in numbers. What you have stated is true about love ... our pets do provide that unconditional love.

      I am glad you found this poem touching. I truly believe we can all do something in extending a little kindness and love to another hurting person. They are not garbage on the streets, but human beings.

      I appreciate the share and giving it a Google+. Mary is such a wonderful person and excellent writer. I received a blessing from Mary sharing and all who have read and shared here this day.

      Blessings

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      Graham Lee 3 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi Faith. This is a truly inspirational hub. All compliments have been given above by other readers.

      Suffice to say. Well done.

      voted up and all.

      Graham.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear Graham,

      So nice to see you stopping by to read. I am glad you found this hub inspirational. I do hope it inspires many to open their eyes to the plight of the homeless and at least show a little kindness for another human being who is downtrodden, as it could very well be that we may one day be in the same situation.

      I appreciate the vote up and more.

      Blessings always

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      Larry Rankin 2 years ago from Oklahoma

      Thank you for being a champion for this cause. I enjoyed the poem immensely.

      The thing that always gets to me is when people try to blame our downtrodden for the condition they are in when most all of us are just one or two bad breaks from being in the same predicament.

      More often than not, our homelessness problems are a reflection of a failed society not a failed person.

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Thank you so much, dear Larry,

      I appreciate so much your insightful comments here which add much to the topic of this hub/poem. Yes, I totally agree, it certainly could be us on those streets in a blink of an eye due to circumstances beyond our control.

      I am thrilled you enjoyed this poem immensely. Thank you again for your most generous comments.

      Bless you

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Dear Faith, you touched my heart every time I read your poem.

      And when I see it in the feed I have to re-read it. And I still have it bookmarked.

      Voted up UAI, shared.

      You are an inspiration.

      Blessings and Hugs

      Shyron

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear Shyron,

      Thank you for returning and reading this poem again. I am so glad this touches your heart every time you read it, and that means a lot to me. Dear Larry up there must have shared it.

      I appreciate your tender heart. Thank you so much for the vote up and more and share.

      It is you, who are an inspiration to many!

      God bless you. In His Love Always

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      What a true blessing you are to. Light shines from within you.

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear Flourish,

      Thank you so much for your kind words. I am glad the Holy Spirit opened my eyes and then convicted me to actually do something, which I need to get back to serving Him and shining His light for His glory.

      Blessings and hugs

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Craig Lentz,

      I'm sorry I did not see your comment from a while back, but HubPages indicated your comment as spam, most likely because you were asking me to call you and provided your phone number in the comment. I'm sorry I deleted it. It is not wise to place your phone number on the Internet or anywhere public because identity theft is rampant and you will attract a lot of unsavory characters to yourself. So, I deleted your comment.

      If you need help with your hubs as far as the basics, then you must read in its entirety HubPages Learning Center. If it is a matter of creativity then before you publish a hub, change around the legal photos or your personal photos as well as the test capsules and all other until it is visually appealing and makes the most sense as far as presenting information in a concise and common sense approach.

      God bless you and keep you

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      Missy Smith 22 months ago from Florida

      This was a wonderful story of inspiration. Additionally, a wake-up call for all who do walk by those in need. I don't live in the big city, but I did for a time, and as I didn't have much myself, if one asked for help, I would scrap up all the change I had in my car to offer them.

      We took a trip in 2012 to San Antonio, Texas, and we went to the river walk. There was a man standing on the sidewalk holding a sign asking for anything people could spare. Anything would be appreciated. It was so busy downtown San Antonio that day. Lots of tourists visiting the Alamo and shops on the river walk, we had seen this man a block away and as we kept walking toward him, not a person stopped to help except me and my dad. I just thought, Wow; what kind of world do we live in!

      Just last year, my daughter received some free tickets to an NFL game in Jacksonville. We live like 40 minutes away from that city. So, we went, it was raining and cold, just a miserable day. As we left the game that day. A woman and her kids were standing outside of the stadium with signs asking for help. She lost a job, I believe her sign said, and I know it said she had a few kids she needed to feed; One of them was with her that day. I watched so sadly as every single person paid her no mind, just walked past like she didn't exist. Even more disturbing, my own sister who went with us that day did the same, but I stopped and put in a few dollars in; all I could spare at least, and apologized that it wasn't much. And they were thankful. My sister later said," "Missy, don't you know people like them are scam artists, and they probably have more than you. I just looked at her and said, "Well, maybe, but I would rather know at least I gave them something, just in case they were telling the truth." She shook her head like I was completely crazy. You know, both of my sisters think I'm odd anyway. I look and act nothing like neither. lol...

      I've even given food if I've seen someone hanging outside a restaurant. It's just... how can you be a child of the most high God and not try to do something? I don't get how most do that.

      Great Hub, and Important subject matter. And I'm so glad there are a few good-hearted people in this world like you Faith. :) God Bless You!

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      Faith Reaper 21 months ago from southern USA

      Bless you, dear Missy,

      You have a good heart and you are a kind soul. We never know, for it could very well be us on those streets one day. I praise God for my warm bed and soft pillow every night because I know far too many have the sidewalk for a bed and a concrete pillow!

      It is true that we may never know if they are truly homeless or not, but I think there are certain of us who have that intuition that kicks in and we just know.

      I usually don't give money, but bottled water, protein bars, maps to homeless shelters, blankets, gloves, coats, and tell them God does love them and much to my surprise, they tell me, "God bless you." The Holy Spirit always will let me know if I need to not stop, but that has only happened one time, and I did not listen, but then thankfully I had my car doors locked. I have given my lunch that I had just ordered for myself and then afterwards seeing a hungry person.

      Yes, we can all surely do something, even the smallest of gestures goes a long way. Thank you for sharing here, for it has added much to the topic of this poem/hub.

      This was my very first hub/poem I published after joining HubPages, and sine that time, I have added a bit here and there.

      God bless you too, dear heart

      Hugs

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