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We are all homeless.

October 1, 2009

Though some of us own roofs, we are all homeless.Alley
Though some of us pay rent, none of us are at home.

We are all just spirits wandering.
Wandering through this world, in search of the other side.

I agree with CS Lewis when he said:

“If you read history you will find that the Christians who did most for the present world were precisely those who thought most of the next. It is since Christians have largely ceased to think of the other world that they have become so ineffective in this.”

When you think about good, you’re optimistic. When you hope, you believe that better things are coming. When you have faith, you act accordingly. When you discover that this world is not the end but just the beginning, you work hard and with a passion to make an impact. 

When you realize that we’re all homeless, you connect to the said homeless. You don’t treat them like drunks. Or addicts. Or trash. You treat them like yourself. You stretch out your arms and embrace them. I want to realize that I’m homeless in this world. I want to embrace my homeless neighbors and help them walk this road they’re on. I believe that change happens when we serve others. We tend to serve others when we understand them and know their stories.

Research homelessness in your own city and see how you can put it to an end. [If you’re in Nashville like me, check out The Key Alliance and learn about the city’s 10-year plan to end homelessness.]

Volunteer at shelters. Get to know a homeless person in your community. [Check out InvisiblePeople.tv and hear the stories of some homeless individuals around the nation.] Above all else, KNOW that homelessness can be ended when we all work together to decide that when we are helping these people we’re actually helping our ourselves.

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. Dave Mattozzi permalink
    October 1, 2009 12:42 pm

    Thanks and God Bless

  2. October 2, 2009 9:02 am

    I love this post. It’s so easy to look at other people as labels and forget that they are fellow human beings. I try to constantly tell myself – this is another person, and you cannot imagine what they have been through. Thanks for the reminder.

  3. Queer Engineer permalink
    October 4, 2009 3:12 pm

    It seems that we never really understand the struggles of the homeless (or anyone suffering) until we experience some sort of suffering of our own or until we change our view of the world and humanity.

    • October 5, 2009 7:39 am

      True. I agree and think it’s impossible to empathize until you’ve been there or in a similar place. But hopefully we can learn sympathy that will allow us to act.

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