In the ‘Hood

29 Jul

Bird’s eye view.  Have you ever wanted to fly.  To see the world from the view-point of one of God’s most free creatures.  I like to think of God looking down from Heaven…like His birds…and angels.  When He sees this ‘hood, He looks past the brown rusty tin roofs that leak in the rainy season.  He does not see close quarters or squalor.  He sees the souls of His most treasured creation, mankind.  The people who call this place home.  Community.  When we see, we stop looking at the level of the roofs.  And if we dare to peer any further,  we see the other conditions.  We stop and start to compare that world to our own, and the comparison keeps us from delving into the vision of fellow human beings.  We stop looking before we see an old homeless woman huddled on the street wrapped in a sheet of plastic she has retrieved from the garbage to keep the rain from soaking her to the skin.  We stop looking before we see an old man inside a two-foot by three-foot by five-foot, tin, dog-cage box home, huddled over peering out a two-foot by two-foot doorway into the drizzly morning.  Hand out stretched.  Begging.  These visions do not fit our view of retirement so it is easier not to see.  To stop at the rooftops.  How does it happen…our own ‘hood…and the difference?  Did you and I really do anything special in our existence to merit the difference?  Do we thank God for the freedom of the birds to fly above the rooftops?  Do we take every opportunity to share hope with hearts with the angels…above the rooftops in the ‘hood…and below them?  The wingless ones in the streets of the ‘hood?   Not just this one, the one that is our home…our community.

2 Responses to “In the ‘Hood”

  1. Carol Klopfenstein July 29, 2011 at 12:35 pm #

    kind of puts life in perpective- keep us thinking- Carol

  2. Amy Meyer July 29, 2011 at 10:10 pm #

    A far cry from our comfort here in Bluffton, Indiana. We continue to pray for you!

    Kole and Amy

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