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About 10 minutes ago I finished reading Under the Overpass. I'm 17 years old and I work at the public library in my city, and the cover happened to catch my eye as I was shelving books. Over the last 2 days, this book has really caused me to question what I'm doing to show God's love to other people.

I spend a lot of time talking to my friends and aquaintances, and encouraging people I come to know who are down or discouraged. Lots of people say how their teenage years were some of the worst in their life, but I can't say that I've ever heard someone tell as many stories of depression or despair as I have seen among my peers. And this is coming from children, who are still living with their parents in comfortable homes, getting an education and with comforts all around them! I can't imagine what it must be like for the homeless of America; my heart aches for them just thinking about it. I want to reach out, and give what I have in abundance to others to bless them, whether it be a warm blanket, a smile, or the love of Christ.

My main problem is what I can do. In your case, you are two tall, strong, men in college, and I'm a 17-year old. I feel like a lot of the different circumstances or situations that you two used to bless other people, I can't use. I can't very easily 'be wise as an eagle and innocent as doves' by taking a day trip to downtown Detroit to try to help homeless people there. the current area I live in is all comfortable middle-class, small town-ish. In the 6 years I've lived here, I've seen one man walking down the road carrying a plastic bag, and that was about it.

Basically, I'm getting stuck on what I can do. I feel like how I think David might have felt...Goliath was threatening his family and people, but he was only a young boy who watched his father's sheep. I'm definitely going to be praying about this to see if God tells me anything I can do, but I figured I could at least ask if you two knew of anything a 17-year old girl can do to bless homeless people, that's also safe and practical. Unfortunately, in my case, picking a few choice stones out of a river and slinging them at a giant is not the answer to my problem.

I think that what you two guys did was amazing. I'm still trying to dive into my relationship with God, and dedicate myself to His plans for my life. Reading this book and hearing your story has definitely made a difference.

God bless!

Posted: 2012-06-26 01:16:08

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