Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Sad Reality

Yesterday after work I went up to Starbucks to get some reading done and grabbed some coffee. I’m sitting there by the window and see Dave walk by. Who is Dave? Dave is the homeless man who walks up and down Mass Ave. That is his area. He is a very polite gentleman. I know him by name and talk to him every chance I get. He is very ill though, I’m not sure from what, but over the last 3-4 months I have watched him lose an unhealthy amount of weight and now he looks like a skin covered skeleton. Dave wouldn’t hurt a fly and he is not aggressive in asking for money or anything at all. So Dave is walking by and I see a young man give him a dollar, apparently so did the Starbucks worker. Dave walks in to Starbucks and gets to the counter only to be told, “I saw you ask for that dollar from that guy, I won’t sell you any coffee!” Outrageous! So I get up go outside and tell Dave I saw what happened, tell him to keep his dollar and walk inside and buy him a large cup of coffee. I walk right outside and hand it to him. It is a sad reality that Dave or men and women in his state are looked at as less than human. We won’t even sell them coffee…

As Christians we live by a different creed though, Jesus says to love your God with all your heart and with all your soul and love your neighbor as yourself (Matt 22:37-40).

How do you love your neighbor as yourself? What does this mean to you?

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