Just an update on our 7th grade Kindness Bags that we put together for the homeless earlier in the year... we decided that in order to make a real impact, it would be better, but slower, to seek out the individuals most in need and spend time listening to their stories rather than just giving them a hand-out. That's why it's taken this entire semester to pass out the bags. "Mark" received a bag and his true Southern hospitality shown through. He was so gracious in receiving our gift and wanted to let us know how thankful he is of our prayers for him. They meant as much to him as the items inside the bag.
The next three bags went to a sort of "family." "Sharon" has been wheelchair-bound for many years. Receiving the bag brought her to tears. Her brother, "George," is also homeless. He is definitely a caregiver. They have "adopted" a mentally challenged man named "Caleb." When Caleb received a blue Kindness Bag, he jumped up and down with joy. He was so excited! George and Sharon look out for Caleb because he can't look out for himself. Isn't that what it's all about?
In class this week, we re-read the story of the Good Samaritan. We are that beaten and broken traveler. The homeless know this more than most. Even though our gifts to them are small, they "bind" their wounds a little and let them know that they're not alone in this journey to eternity.