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Topic: Darkness vs. Light

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I'm in Oklahoma City on business. Everywhere I go I see homeless men milling around silently almost invisibly among all the tourists. People just ignore them. Since reading "Under the Overpass", I can't ignore them. Yesterday evening was pretty cool. Walking back from dinner with one of my colleagues, I stopped to talk to a homeless guy - thinking I could encourage him a bit. Long story short, my colleague and I left very much encouraged. And humbled. This guy lost everything but he's bouncing back. Unbelievable. His eyes were sharp and bright, he spoke clearly and confidently. Turns out, he knows the Lord (not like some fanatic - he really knows Jesus), and he's confident about where he's going. "I know I won't be on the streets forever," he said, "but as long as I'm here, I'm going to try to help others who aren't so fortunate." He literally owns a jogging stroller with a change of clothes, a water bottle, a pair of boots and miscellaneous necessities. But he knows the Lord. He's tired and a little bit afraid of the "darkness" (his word) among the homeless, but he's content. Whoa! Amazing. He didn't ask for money and I didn't give him any. His name is Kevin.

This evening, walking home from dinner I bumped into Richard. He too his homeless but he doesn't like people getting involved in his life. He's extremely stubborn and prideful. He asked me for 10 bucks. Instead, I took him out for a meal at IHOP, a few blocks from the hotel. He was a little ticked that I wouldn't just give him 10 bucks and send him on his way - I'm pretty sure he needed a fix. He enjoyed his pancakes, eggs, bacon, etc. but he was nothing like Kevin. I asked him if he knows Kevin. He said, "I don't know nobody by name." He's one of the dark ones that Kevin is a little bit afraid of.

Posted: 2010-07-15 00:55:06

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