Category Archives: Homelessness

The babies in the river

A parable of relief vs. advocacy

“Relief” refers to providing for needy people’s immediate survival needs — food, shelter and clothing, direct material gifts.  “Advocacy” refers to political activism, meant to change policies and laws.  People and organizations who presume to serve the poor, face choices as to which one to emphasize.

The parable of the babies in the river addresses that choice.  Activists love it.  Desmond Tutu and others have endorsed it.

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Some more prayer exercises

Previous post:  Some prayer exercises

Monday morning, Pastor asked me to pray about some anger management issues among our youth.  Some have been somatizing their anger, e.g. having seizures; others have got in fights at school.  Tuesday morning it came to me that I have already reported a number of techniques to use, in the previous post above.  The new notions that came to me are here below.

It won’t be feasible for me to teach these to the children myself, since Youth Group meets on Sundays after the deadline for me to get back to the shelter.  But some of them may be usable in Children’s Sermons.

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Bootstraps

Psalm 150:6:  “Let all things that have breath praise the Lord.”

At the homeless shelter where I stay, we’re required to attend chapel every night.  Monday, for the first time in months, Jervis Ray preached.  His text was Psalm 23.  However, he was soon enough back to his same old same old, haranguing us that we’re not grateful enough for our “blessings.”  “God woke you up in your right mind,” with the use of two arms and two legs.

He calls us to praise God that our bootstraps aren’t like others’.  “There are lots of people in hospitals who don’t know where they are.”

That stung me, as my oldest brother will be soon enough in just that state.

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Podcast — Contrasts and justice in downtown Baltimore

You get what you choose, whether you want it or not.

Contrasts and justice in downtown Baltimore

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Music:  Chicago, “Saturday in the Park”

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