Homeless faces in a world of black and white – not knowing whether they will survive another day or not? You really don’t know what you will do when faced with the pain of hunger, abuse, rejection, and no hope until you are in the midst of it.
Take a look at these pictures again. Can you see the despair, hopelessness and suffering in the eyes of these homeless faces? Or can you only see a drug addict, an alcoholic, a thief, a whore, or just another dropout from society.
When I look at these homeless faces I see human beings that are broken – broken in their relationships with God, themselves, others and the rest of creation. I see people who need help. I see people who have not had a hand of frienship or fellowship extended towards them in a very long time. I see people who have given up on themselves and refuse the help they don’t even know they need. I see people who are so intently focused on surviving just one more day they can’t even think about tomorrow.
I see the story of the ‘Good Samaritan’ unfolding before my very eyes with each one of them. They are laying in a ditch, naked, beaten and unable to get up on their own. And as we walk by them, we move to the other side of the road and keep on walking. Why have we no compassion to stop and help? Because we also are broken in our own relationships with God, self, others and the rest of creation. Both need God’s mercy and grace – the man lying in the ditch and the man who keeps on walking.
I pray that man who keeps walking on is not you nor I.