A Message from the Faith Community Nurse

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What does a homeless face look like? It’s the face of a mother, a father, a son or a daughter. It’s the face of stress or hunger.

Homelessness affects children and families as well as individuals. They may be chronically homeless or newly affected by the war, domestic abuse, death of a family member, substance abuse, or mental illness. Some may be working but do not have enough money to afford a place to call home. They need a place to put their head at night, a good meal, a place to shower, a job and a sense of worthiness.

Homelessness sometimes separates families. Many shelters have rules about who can stay depending on their age or whether they are male or female. Some children may have to go to relatives homes or to foster care. About 30% of children could be returned to their families if the parents had housing.

Jesus was one of the homeless. He was born in a stable and his crib was a trough for the animals. He was a homeless baby with parents escaping the murderous intentions of King Herod seeking asylum in Egypt. He had a home growing up in Nazareth but again became homeless after he was baptized and began his ministry. He lived out in the open and did not always have a place to lay his head. He traveled as a brother and friend of all homeless people, refugees and asylum seekers. In the end he died on a cross, with no home and no possessions.

Jesus fed the hungry, healed the sick and wounded, and befriended the beggars and the prisoners. He reminded us to care for the widows, orphans and other people in distress. We should strive to be like Jesus!

“If among you, one of your brothers should become poor, in any of your towns within your land that the LORD your God is giving you, you shall not harden your heart or shut your hand against your poor brother, but you shall open your hand to him and lend him sufficient for his need, whatever it may be." James 2:15-16