Gift cards of “Nice” for LeRoy

He walked up to me at Church under the Bridge during worship. “Do you know Ms. Pam. I’m looking for her.” Grinning, I responded with, “I might. Do you need to see her?” “I do. I’ve asked several people and they ‘says’ she’s nice.” Laughing I added, “”She’s not that nice.” His words ran together in a slur. “Ya knows her?” “I do. I am Pam.” His smile grew wide. “Hi. I was curious if you had any McDonald’s gift cards....

When “Nice” is Friend to the Lonely

He walked up to me at Church under the Bridge this morning. “Do you know Ms. Pam. I’m looking for her.” Grinning, I responded with, “I might. Do you need to see her?” “I do. I have asked several people and they ‘says’ she’s nice.” Laughing I added, “”She’s not that nice.” His words ran together in a slur. “Ya knows her?” “I do. I am Pam.” His smile grew wide. “Hi. I was curious if you had any McDonald’s...

Rest from Meth! A Walk with a Friend!

It was a night on the town with friends who struggle. With friends who desire to live for God. With friends who need Christ. With friends who are homeless. They are messy and bruised and in need of a redeemed walk in Christ, just like me. Oh, how I love them. Cindy, Holly, and I moved to greet our friends who were coming outside after their meal at the Salvation Army. Thus the night was filled with special encounters and...

No “Weaving” at Mercy Me Concert Required!

One of my friends from the homeless camps lingered next to me on Sunday in a parking lot, as he waited for lunch to be served. I tapped his arm, “Don’t forget we’ll meet at the Perot Theatre at 5 p.m. next weekend for the Christian concert. There’s eight of us going.” He sighed and stood there for a second, not responding. Something he does quite often as if he’s thinking. I bumped his shoulder. “You know who ‘Mercy Me’...

When You Fear / When You are Burdened

Jesus Christ is not burdened down with your cares. He thrives on burden-bearing, not burden-giving. He loves to work “for those who wait for him” (Isaiah 64:4). He “takes pleasure . . . in those who hope in his steadfast love” (Psalm 147:11). His eyes “run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to give strong support to those whose heart is blameless toward him” (2 Chronicles 16:9). Some days we wake up and the cares of the world weigh...

A city bus, the gospel, and one old lady!

Just so you know: you missed it! I stepped from my car to RUN over to a couple who are staying at the Salvation Army. I met them a week or so ago, one night on the streets. But Saturday, they were standing near a city bus stop, and I’d pulled around the corner to get off the road, or out of the way. I had some gift cards to McDonald’s and wanted to give them a few. Especially since...

Twelve Years Sober / Now Serving Christ

A gem of a friend. Donna started coming to the recovery center to serve with me several years ago. She’s a former alcoholic and as of this year she’s not had a drink in 12 years. Her love for the girls is evident when she’s there, and they love her too. Today the room was packed, filled with ladies in purple jumpsuits and yes, several new faces. And we gathered for church like we do each Sunday. I have no idea...

When a Mean Person Tells She is … YOU Share Christ for SURE

She pushed me aside, not fast and hard, but methodically, as if on purpose. Stepping up to a mutual friend, this woman I’d never met before, placed her hand on the lady sitting down, “She’s my sister.” I nodded, trying to listen to the sermon at Church under the Bridge. She twisted and faced me, “I said, she’s my sister. She can be mean. I can too.” (I wasn’t sure they were sisters.) Feeling some pressure from her voice like...

When I Go Crazy / Do you ever?

The week began with my thoughts churning and with the alone feelings jumping at me like popcorn dancing from a bowl. I tried to reel in my words, but they escaped from me like leftover kernels which wanted to pop. My lack of self-control left me bewildered and angry at myself. And left my friend bewildered, too. I said more than I should have, and explained all my moves with examples to prove my point. They made sense to me,...