I went out this evening with my daughter in my car to Rochester because I wanted a pizza from pizza express. I sat down in the restaurant and ordered my pizza and I couldn’t eat all of it so I left more than half which I got them to box up so that I could bring it home to eat later.
Going back to my car I came across the homeless man laying his cardboard out on the ground and his sleeping bag on top. I looked at him and then looked at the box with my pizza in and thought do I really need it.
Without hesitation I walked over to the man and gave him the pizza at which point he broke down in tears. I could tell this man had not eaten in sometime. He had become homeless because he had been in private rented accommodation and due to the delay in going from housing benefit to universal credit his landlord evicted him.
I went to my car and took the cushions which I had in my car and gave them to him. I told him to come to my church tomorrow evening where he can be feed and clothed. My friends sometimes the homeless are invisible to us.
Sometimes we consider their plight nothing to do with us, but it is everything to do with us. They are our brothers and sisters , our fathers and mothers they are all of us. We are constantly told what a great country we have, well I am afraid it is not so great when you see so many homeless languishing with no roof over their heads with no pillows to lay their heads down upon.
We can do so much better, it’s about being a compassionate country, it’s about being treating as you would want to be treated. It’s about common humanity, it’s about caring for our neighbour and the homeless they are our neighbours also.
“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his throne in heavenly glory. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.
“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, “I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
“The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.” (NIV)