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Saturday, 20 December 2014

What If It's You?

What if it’s you that loses your job this Christmas?
What if it’s you that is ashamed to ask friends and family for help for the umpteenth time?
What if it’s you who is mocked and scorned by the hardened street homeless who know you aren’t really one of them?
What if it’s you who is forced to search alone for a safe place to sleep on the dirty street?
What if it’s you who lies awake at night; cold, alone and afraid?
What if it’s you that is moved from one doorway to another by a security guard who looks right through you?
What if it’s you who plunges from normal working class to irrelevant street homeless in the space of a few days?
What if it’s you who is forced to spend your time digging through other people’s garbage for daily food?
What if it’s you who is enviously watching the Christmas shoppers spending lavish amounts of money as they walk past your dirty form?
What if it’s you who longs for a worried glance in your direction or a few kind words instead of the expressions of disdain and disgust?
What if it’s you who is too ashamed to attend a local church despite being invited due to being dirty and not knowing how to pray?
What if it’s you who believes that God couldn’t possibly accept you in your current state or forgive the many things you have done wrong?

What if you are the landlord of the person that loses their job this Christmas?
What if you are the friends or family of the person and they come to you for help?
What if you are a street homeless person and this person is forced to join your community?
What if you have a bed, sofa or floor space and you see the person searching for a safe place to sleep?
What if you are walking home and you see the person; cold, alone and afraid?
What if you are the security guard clearing doorways over the Christmas period?
What if you have spare food that you normally throw in the garbage?
What if you are blessed with money to spend on lavish Christmas gifts?
What if you are a member of a church and this dirty smelly person timidly shows up for the first time?

What if they are genuinely searching for hope?