God’s Great Love Changes Everything!
Love Offers Hope. Hope Develops Confidence. Confidence Leads To Action. Action Results In Change!
Albert Einstein was onto something when he stated, “The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing!”
When we encounter homeless beloveds, our natural reaction generally triggers dismay along with blinders because it exposes the depth of our hearts.
Ouch! If you’re anything like I used to be, you become appalled when you encounter the homeless. Do you discount them as losers? Even refer to them as junkies and beggars with mental illness? Or do you judge and group them together as lost souls who are polluting our rivers and streams and becoming public safety toxins?
Sadly, Einstein’s analogy is exactly how we, as a society, have been operating and dealing with the homeless. We need to facilitate an emergent change because this homeless epidemic is out of control and it’s birthing hate, division and war instead.
Casting and shifting blame onto our overwhelmed governmental programs, lack of law enforcement implementation and nonprofit organizations scrambling to find needed finances to create shelters, carrying the full weight of society’s expectations in finding a remedy obviously has failed. We need education and awareness of this process while becoming part of the front lines that are no match to this Goliath.
Blameless and Forever Free Ministries continues to become equally frustrated at the increasing numbers. This nonprofit has found that incorporating God’s Great Love and treating the homeless as our own family with the addition of their “A Beautiful You” homeless events where outreach is geared towards providing nourishment spiritually, physically and emotionally is conquering this battlefield one life at a time, one day at a time.
Should we give up because society dictates a numbers game so responsibility is relinquished?
Every life matters so one life saved is victory!
The founder of Blameless and Forever Free Ministries has spent the last year doing life with the homeless, getting to know the need underlying the needs, and is going to try as humbly as possible to share her raw, true feelings comparing the pain and shock from the loss of her own first husband succumbing to the death delivered from alcohol addiction, depression along with homelessness, to spending a Friday evening eating dinner and listening to the story of a working homeless man, to starting a charitable organization catered to the many facets of homelessness.
Homelessness hurts and effects everyone. Whether you’re a family member, an ex-spouse, a child/parent, taxpayer, you name it, we’re all being effected one way or another. We can no longer relinquish responsibility.
I pray that I can somehow share openly my past judgments with candor while offering awareness to just how long it takes to cut through the bureaucratic red tape to find governmental help along with the stigma that mental illness carries to a world who is just now being introduced to the painful consequences that has been swept underneath the rug for generations.
I am going to start showcasing one homeless beloved a month so you might understand their story; how they get to where they are and why they still remain abandoned and rejected. Shame is a hard outer shell to crack through, much less rehabilitate.
The man above is Martin. Martin thought he was going to die homeless with his Stage 4 colon cancer. Outreach offered me the ability to befriend Martin, engage in fellowship with him, along with introducing him to Christ.
Martin’s lens had been clouded and tainted by life, pain delivered through tragedy and rejection, but once we got him reading glasses, a Bible, and a whole lot of love emulating our Beautiful Jesus, Martin soon realized his life mattered. He didn’t need as much alcohol that once dictated every decision he made (liquid courage, NOT!!!). He realized he belonged and is now living comfortably in Sacramento with his sister and family.
Martin, I love you and miss you dearly. Thank you for teaching me the simplicity in sharing that I’m not the only one who becomes giddy watching the twilight of the moon dance through the trees while howling like a wolf when the moon becomes full.
My mission with Blameless and Forever Free Ministries is not to encounter the appalling picture above anymore encamped alongside of our grocery stores. Not all homeless want help, including Martin’s friend passed out in the photo above, but roughly 40% of our homeless do.
And with our amazing God and all the precious beloveds dedicated to being His hands and feet, contributing to the welfare and outpouring of God’s Great Love, rehabilitation is awakened, proving with God, all things are possible!
Until next time…
Thank You For Being Beautiful You!