It’s In Me! It’s In Us!

So many unique stories live and breathe on the streets.  So many complex situations.  So many interesting and beautiful people with the sacred spark of God burning within.

I met Byron (Alabama) last night.  I was immediately drawn to him because he was such a sweet, gentle spirit.  I wanted to know his story and he wanted to share his story, so God put us both in each other’s presence at just the right moment.

Me & Byron

Me & Byron

As we stood together on the warm pavement of the parking lot where I had met up with some good Cumberland Presbyterians who deliver burritos every Monday, we began to talk.  He learned I was a pastor and shared with me that he always felt the call to minister to others also.  Between bites of his burrito he told me that his father was a pastor and his mother taught religion at a college.

Byron told me that he is homeless, he has a job, he works every day, and he makes bad choices. He knows he needs to get out and stay out of east Nashville.  He belongs in south Nashville, closer to his job and his limited support system and he knows it.  He knows when he crosses that bridge to the east he has made another bad choice.  He knows on the east side he is way too free with his money and that he has a hard time saying “no.”

Byron told me that he knows something else though. He knows he grew up with parents who encouraged him to know God and to spend time with God’s Word every day. He knows that a spiritual foundation was carefully laid within him by his parents. In Byron’s words: IT’S IN ME!  The peace on his face was unmistakable when he shared this truth with me. It brought him comfort to speak out loud that all is not lost, that God was still present with him despite all the bad choices he makes.

Every day I am reminded that there is really little, if any, substantial difference between me and the friends I serve like Byron. Don’t we all make bad choices? Yes, some bad choices are more extreme than others, but don’t we all slip too far away from God too often?  Of course we do…but God forgives us, covers us in grace, and loves us beyond understanding.

So, may we all learn a valuable lesson this day from Byron: IT’S IN US!

So many wise and spirit-filled folks live and breathe on the streets.  So many blessed encounters to be had.  So many interesting and beautiful people with the sacred spark of God burning within.

 

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