Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Humble housing

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.


james said...

I have a friend who after she was baptised in the Holy Spirit started seeing visions of Jesus, Holy Spirit, God, angels etc

Im not sure about angels watching over us in a "Touched by an angel" type of way but they are definitely there somewhere...

as I read your blog I thought of Hebrews 13:1-2 (MSG) "Stay on good terms with each other, held together by love. Be ready with a meal or a bed when it's needed. Why, some have extended hospitality to angels without ever knowing it!"

JDK said...

Thanks James - the Hebrews verse is a good one and a good reminder of Matt 25 (when we minister to those in need, we are ministering to Jesus - even when we don't know it). Both are great references for The Salvation Army.