Reaching out to strangers


(November 9, 2021) Carol Round reminds us of Isaiah’s godly challenge…

‘Is it not to share your bread with the hungry and bring the homeless poor into your house; when you see the naked, to cover him, and not to hide yourself from your own flesh?’ (Isaiah 58:7 ESV).

Driving by a deserted store front, I did a double take. Underneath the overhang was a mishmash of stuff. Someone’s meagre belongings. An empty cart. A lump of humanity huddled under a blanket.
In a town with a population under 20,000, it’s not a common sight here. I’ve seen people passing through with backpacks or pushing carts, but I’d never experienced a homeless person living on the streets in our community. In larger metropolitan areas, yes.
Overcome with sadness, I prayed, and continued to finish the errands I was running that afternoon. But the image of someone trying to stay warm under a thin blanket kept me company.