#ReflectionSunday – 05 The Man at the Door
Warning: this post has nothing to do with sport but an incident that happened Friday night on the steps of my house. My wife and I had company over and around 9:00pm, there was a knock on the door. A man stood at the bottom of my steps, cane in one hand, and his old lawn mower parked in my lawn. As soon as I opened the door, he started talking about a mile a minute. He was homeless. As he talked, he completely avoided eye contact with me as he looked around my yard offering to do yard work for me in exchange for money, but it was too dark to do so. I could not understand every word he said, but I gathered that he was trying to get enough money to catch a bus and a meal. I just stood there and listened, and I thought he probably hasn’t had a conversation with someone in a long time. He instinctively seemed to walk away as he talked and I told him, “I’m really sorry this is happening to you. Let me go inside and get you some money.” He said he need $14, so I grabbed him $15. When I got back, he was halfway to the sidewalk when I called out to him. He stopped as I jogged to him and handed him the money. “Thank you,” he said as we made eye contact for the first time. I didn’t know what to say as he walked away saying, “God bless you. God bless you.” During that interaction I thought a lot about if it was safe for me and my family to talk to him and if I was taking too much time away from my guests. But when he left, I really thought about the person at the door. “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord when did we see you hungry?’” (Matthew 25:31-40) I should have given him my coat in the closet, or a blanket, and some food. I gave him $15, but I had so much more to offer. Tonight I am praying that I do not miss that opportunity again. As Christians, we have to live radically, we have to love every person as Christ loved us – and that is way more than $15…I’ll be ready next time, and I pray if you read this post that you will be too.
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