Sleeping on Concrete! Until…

I pulled up to the spot where the text on my phone indicated the homeless man would be waiting for me. The text came from a friend who is staying at a shelter. It seems my friend met this man who is sleeping in a bathroom and stumbled upon him, startling him the other day. I stepped from the car, the chill of colder weather reminding me I should have grabbed a coat. Now this frail, older man peeked at...

Locked in Dungeon at Ten? Or was the door jammed?

Vacation when you’re ten-years old should be full of memories. Well, I have a dungeon story for you. Or so it seemed! I walked the long truck stop of a cafe toward the bathroom since we’d been stuck in the olive-green station wagon for a hundred hours or so. In those days, you apparently would let your child go to the bathroom alone, and once inside I shoved the dungeon type door closed, and twisted the metal bar that latched...

Drug Dealer Faces His Druggies

A new girl raised her hand to share a testimony at the close of our service at the recovery center, and the time was near—I needed to close the service for the morning. But her tears, those streaming down her face for most of the teaching told me, her words were necessary, her heart exploding with a need to give the Lord glory. She stood, wiping those tears with both hands, explaining her nephew’s conversion in prison, a total new-heart...

God Met the Need before I Knew …

The phone call came to me from a lady from a church office, “I’ve gotten a phone call. There’s a couple in Texarkana who need bus tickets. They’re stranded there, and we don’t know who they are, or how we might handle this. So I was wondering if you knew someone who could help them?” Now this is one of the categories without easy answers, and without concrete yes or no responses. And with me at work, and with me...

Strength from Christ under a Bridge

I stood beside him and his voice quivered, and he shared his struggle. “I’m not sure I can keep doing this. I just need to know she’s going to be ok.” He told me of something breaking his heart, of his deepest concerns, and I felt like he was unfolding burdens he’d carried like weights. I touched my homeless friend on the arm, as he leaned on his cane. “You’re shaking. Do you need to sit down?” “No, I’ll lean...

Outbursts of Sharing Bibles

  I bought two “giant-size” print Bibles for two friends who are staying at the shelter, whose eyes are in need of bigger letters. Now I was thrilled when Lifeway did the “matching of pricing” on them too, as I had no idea they did such things. This made the Bibles nice and cheap, and pretty, with big letters! Carrying these two Bibles around for a week meant I’d see my friends last night. But then I did something I’d...

Go and Sin No More! Rehab Lessons!

Not long ago, Skyler (not her real name) dealt with a situation that could have hindered her graduation from recovery. It also held the real possibility that she might go to prison. She sought God, prayed, told the truth in the matter, and thought she’d jeopardized her past eleven months at the recovery center. I had no idea what she did wrong, nor do I need to know. Apparently at some point, she caught herself inside of a secret, one...

Random Steps Guided by God

A trip to Texarkana ended up with a night (not my original goal for the evening) of loving on my homeless friends on the street. I had a nice chat with a lady who just got out of jail. Another with a lady who helped break up a fight. Another who talked of his grandson and smiled with joy. I also laughed with one, when our heads hit upon hugging. A new friend complained of random drug testing at shelters...

Admitting You’re on the Defensive!

During prayer requests, one of my girls in recovery (rehab) mentioned a specific need in her pod. Not a prayer request that was terribly detailed nor did it mean much to me personally, but I was sure it was directed at another person. She was on the defensive, struggling with her phrasing, unsure of her words. But asking for prayer just the same. Then, during worship, she was led to approach this other person to clear the air. To make...