“Because the poor are plundered, because the needy groan, I will now arise,” says the Lord; “I will place him in the safety for which he longs.” Psalm 12:5 (English Standard Version)
Tonight I was in Newark’s Military Park walking back to my truck from a music program at NJPAC. I saw people from the program standing and sitting about trying to look “fly”; while nearby I saw a homeless person sleeping on a concrete partition. I couldn’t determine the person’s gender; but I noted a stroller with (what I hope) was their possessions and not a sleeping child.
The above scene struck me because I realized how oblivious we were to our homeless friend. Everyone-including me-were so into having our fun we didn’t realize that we didn’t regard a nameless and faceless human being that was trying to enjoy the human right of sleep and hopefully have their basic needs met.
We as a society have a long way to go in this regard. Sometimes it’s not the policymakers with their cutting social programs who are at fault. Lots of times it’s us-the man/woman in the street who are so busy focusing on ourselves (not our needs) that we write off our poor and needy.
Just my thoughts-take them for what they’re worth. Peace.