They are afraid of the night (The Homeless)

They are afraid of the night
(The Homeless)

Psalms 79:11  "Let the sighing of the prisoner come before thee;
 "  Just as God hears the sighs of a prisoner in jail, He 
also hears the groaning, and sighs of those who live on the 
street.
Proverbs 24:15  "Lay not wait, O wicked man, against the 
dwelling of the righteous; spoil not his resting place:"
I am in Brazil, and it is winter.  It is cold.  I really 
do thank God I have a warm dry place to stay and rest.  
This Proverb talks about the righteous and their place of rest.
  The homeless, have no privacy.  they try to snatch sleep
 wherever they can.  Their resting place may be laying with a 
few blankets on some cardboard under the eaves of a house.  
I passed by a house today, it was for rent, and I saw 
"the dwelling place of the homeless". A few rags, some 
cardboard to lay on, under the eaves.  It has been raining.  
I shudder to think, "What if it was me"?

Luke 8:27  "And when he went forth to land, there met him 
out of the city a certain man, which had devils long time, 
and ware no clothes, neither abode in any house, but in 
the tombs."
The Maniac of Gadara. How many street people are really 
possessed? Who knows.  Many have mental and medical problems,
 and all have sin problems.  Many end up on the street because,
 as a young person, they started rebelling against their parents, they started wanting things their own way.  They grew into adults who could not or would not work a job.  They developed drug or alcohol problems, maybe began stealing to get money, began spending the night on a friends couch, until.. the friend's wife persuaded him to ask them to leave.  Perhaps they used up the empathy of all their family and friends.  Their family and friends tried to help with money, food, a place to stay, rehab.. etc., so many times, for years.  Well, they finally did things "my way", and ended up living "Out of the Way", On the street.

Proverbs 20:20  "Whoso curseth his father or his mother, his 
lamp shall be put out in obscure darkness."
     I have a brother whom I love, but unfortunately, this 
verse became true, and real.  I remember him working beside 
me patching the tiles on a roof.  He was cursing our dad under
 his breath. He had hatred in his heart. What does the 
commandment say about your father and mother?
Exodus 20:12  "Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days 
may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee."
    Sadly to say, this brother of mine has been living on the 
street for many years.  No-one has seen him , or knows where
 he is.  His lamp has been put out in "obscure darkness".  
Yes God still loves him, but unfortunately, their is the 
"Sovereign Will of Man".  God wants our willing love and 
obedience, we have a choice.  Many choose wrong, not aware of
 the sure dreadful consequences that await there future.

Why do the Homeless often fear the night? Sometimes it is so
 cold, and they have so little to keep warm, that it is 
torture to try to sleep.  They toss and turn and freeze, 
hoping for the day, went it MIGHT be a little warmer.
Be thankful for what you have.  You might lose it some day.

How to help the homeless"

1.  Believe it or not, one of the most pressing needs of a person
 without a
 home, living on the street, is water.  Where can they get water?
  How can they get clean water that does not make them sick?
  How can they store it.
One day, they may think they have a source, a friendly person
 lets them use their outside faucet, and then the next, they are
 not allowed to use it anymore, and run off.
   How would you stay clean without a daily shower, or a bathroom?
  I have seen them washing in the public washrooms.  I stopped
 a homeless lady with her 2 male companions.  I began giving her
 the gospel.  she had a very large bad looking infection on her
 hand.  She was filthy.  Her feet covered in grime, as she walked
 in shower shoes. she had given up staying clean.  

2.  You can offer to buy them a meal.  I saw a man in Curitiba
 Brazil buy lunch for a homeless person.  He told the restaurant
 worker, "this is for him." And then left.  Well Amen.  Often you
 will find those who demand money from  you.  Yes, if quite often
 goes for drugs or beer or wine.  If they are "pushy", I usually
 do not help them.
3.  I talked to a man setting on a bench here in Florianopolis ,
 Brazil.  He was from Argentina.  He could no longer afford a
 cheap room to rent.  He had slept, in the cold on the bench.
  It was very cold and he could not sleep.  He was bleary eyed.
  But, with a smile, he told me a mom had bought a cup of 
coffee for him and had her little boy bring it to him.  
An act of kindness goes a long way with them.  Remember, helping
 the poor is like putting money in the bank for 
future hard times.  God says in Proverbs 19:17  "He that hath 
pity upon the poor lendeth unto the LORD; and that which he 
hath given will he pay him again."

4.  Just spending a few minutes talking to them.  
They often are despised and feel cast out, like  lepers.  
Yes, often there are those I have learned to avoid, they are 
professional beggars. The real poor often to not ask for help.  
I have seen young men, strong, maybe 20 years old, with 
nice clothes, begging for money.  God also says in 
2Thessalonians 3:10  "For even when we were with you, this we
 commanded you, that if any would not work, neither 
should he eat." I had professionals, men with bandages on 
and x-rays from the Dr's wanting money.  Some of them are conmen.
 You must use discernment.  I met a man with a story.  
He said he was robbed.  He had a recent police report. 
 He had a photo of when he wo0rked backstage with Mick Jagger, 
and translated for him.  He needed bus money.  I helped him. 
 It might have been a "story", but I did it with the right motive.

5.  Used clothes, a spare blanket, some food, is always welcome.  

6.  Prayer.
To be continued...
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