I visited a squat today (an abandoned building where homeless people often stay) where a person connected with our community program has lived for nearly a year. The building had been so vandalised (not by the person I know) that you could barely step anywhere without treading on broken glass, rubbish or an empty spray paint tin. There is no longer any electricity connected to the building, so this person has lived by candlelight at night. For the most part, his existence here has been peaceful with only the occasional interruption by young people coming to spray graffiti or tag the walls. I guess in some ways, he was lucky because shared squats too often result in violence and abuse.
When he first came across the squat, he found a spraypainted picture of an angel on a wall and decided that this would be a safe place. I don't honestly know if there are angels watching over us but I do believe that God cares about the homeless. I also think that God calls us to intervene on behalf of all those who are living in inadequate or unsafe housing - this means everything from the provision of crisis accommodation to advocating with the government for more public housing. May God bless those who find themselves without a home to return to tonight.