prayer.. (Photo credit: aronki)

I passed a homeless person on the way to school today.  My first response was to discount him and since he was right around the corner from where I work I thought “Oh great”.  This particular homeless man ‘s name is James.  I know that because he has a big sign on his bicycle that says his name.  It also says something about just giving him $3.00.   I’ve seen him around before and he always carries a chair with him so he can sit.  He must make the rounds because he’s not here all the time and that must mean he’s got other spots he goes to.  But what really struck me today and got me thinking was the fact that he was not sitting in the chair today but kneeling in front of it.  As I inched closer to him in traffic I noticed he had a Bible on the seat and his lips were moving.  As I started to turn the corner I noticed he held his hand up in the air.  If you’ve ever been in church you’ll see many people, including myself, lift their hands up to God during the music or during the prayer time.  So, I figured he must have been reading his Bible and praying.  Wow!  That made an impact on me this morning.  It made me think about how many times I’ve gotten down on my knees.  Well, I can say there have been times and I can also say that it usually was in times of vulnerability like James, by the side of the road with people all around.  Now, I’m not naive.  James might have been putting on a good show so that he could get some, (I’m sure), well needed funds.  But did he do that every day?  Was he praying for enough money to buy food for the day?  Was he asking if God would help him just get through the day?  I really don’t know.  I’m sure I’ll never know.  But, just seeing a homeless man on his knees reading a Bible and praying made me take a step back and look at my own spiritual disciplines.  Do I pray every day that God would help me get through the day?  What about praying that God would help me help someone else just get through the day?  Well, whatever James is praying for he certainly gave me something to think about. If I see him again, I’m going to give him $3.00 because he gave me a lot of food for thought today and I think I should give him some food too, don’t you think?


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  1. That was really good Barb. It does make you think. We are so blessed and so many people are in need. But you know James was blessed too, God was surely lookinjg down on him, as he gave thanks to God and will surely give him his $3.00 for the day, or maybe 6 or 9 or 12. Sometimes other people are more blessed than we deep in their hearts, because we take so much for granted. I will think on James for a quirte while and try to be more like Jesus. Thanks for sharing with us.

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