Thank God for days when a light is shining. Today was that day. I started the ministry part of my day with Eugene. He is a homeless man. He is my friend. Today when he got out of my truck at the train station he said, "You know you are one of two friends I have. I love you." I met Eugene three years ago. On my first encounter he scared me to death. But over time I sat and listened to him. He soon will receive his Social Security check which will give him the ability to have a roof over his head after seven years of homelessness. He says the day he gets his check he is taking me and the other minister who is his friend to a dinner. "You are going to eat on me. Because you have been so good to me."
It's sad. I haven't done that much for the man. All I've done is listen to him on the most part. Funny thing.....I think that's all any of us want.....someone to listen. Go figure, God sent this homeless man into my life and he ends up being the one who listens. I told Eugene that I loved him too.
The other light came from within the church. A group came together to talk about the possibility of creating an Arts Ministry. They said that we needed to create a Ministry that is not limited to Fine Arts alone but includes gardening, and other things. For the first time in four years I felt excitement, energy, interest, and joy during a meeting. We may just be on the verge of a radical new thing. Again, go figure.
By the way, I left my door open all day today and had time to read.