Thursday, June 29, 2017

Physical and Spiritual Homelessness

I was telling my hairdresser about the homeless family we are helping who chose life over abortion, and the struggles to find housing for them. The family chose not to abort, accepted Jesus as Lord, and married in the span of four days. If anyone is trying to get their lives in order it is them. But they need a home.

My hairdresser told me about a man in Los Angeles who encountered a similar problem, and single-handedly began addressing the homeless problem in California by constructing tiny houses on wheels. They needed wheels since city ordinances said no one could "camp" on the empty lots more than three sequential days in the same spot.

Ingenuity! Now while this doesn't solve the cause of homelessness, it helps with the symptoms. Sometimes you have to stop the bleeding before you can address how to prevent further cuts. That's where we are with this family who bravely decided that abortion was not the answer since it defied God and in the long run, would cause the more tragic ending. It will be a long process to help this family, and can be discouraging. They are on the right path, but no permanent home will be available for four months. We need a tiny house solution fast.

I am reminded of the Biblical woman at the well. She came for water, and was able to assuage her thirst...for the moment. It was there that she encountered Jesus. Jesus reminded her that it was her sin that was causing the condition of perpetual thirst. He said it in very gentle symbolic terms, but encouraged her to solve the problem once and for all by going to the source of living water that alone would quench the thirst that can not be quenched in any other way. He was not talking of physical thirst, of course, but of spiritual thirst. Of the two, the latter was the more critical problem to solve but that doesn't mean that physical thirst should not be satisfied. Jesus was always imminently practical and perfectly sublime simultaneously. I love His model.

Spiritually homeless and thirsty, most of us stumble from one crisis to the next knowing deep in our soul that there is more to life than this endless struggle. But where? Jesus beckons us just as he beckoned the thirsty woman at the well.

Ultimately, we all thirst for righteousness and reunion with our creator and realignment of our world the way it was intended to be from the dawn of creation in all its perfection. In other words, drink fully of God and come to Him. He alone satisfies the parched souls of this thirsty world.

To donate funds to keep this family safe for the next four months till they can enter a program that provides housing please click HERE.

John 4:14

But whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

Jeremiah 29:11

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

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