This morning, I am writing on the Five Minute Friday prompt of “support” and my mind goes the way of thinking of work, of funding we lost to support the homeless.
But, I don’t linger there, my mind goes to the place that keeps me humbled, keeps my heart aligned with work, a place where love comes in.
I get a random text from her. She wants to check on me, wants me to know she loves me.
I respond “I love you too, do you need anything and then backspace the question, tell her I am stopping by with food.”
Our system’s flawed on this one if you ask me. No benefits for one who can’t work because of mistakes made years ago.
So, we’ve been helping, we check on her.
A former resident of our shelter called “Nurture Home”.
I pulled in with bags of staples and milk and eggs. I noticed the window broken out in her back seat. My periphery takes in the neighbors and I am aware of loud music from the adjoining duplex.
I knock and she opens the heavy door.
She smiles. We hug long.
And I’m happy to see her home, the place we’re helping her with.
I notice the bedroom wall. I stare long at one framed photograph, left alone in her bedroom for a bit.
A photo of her cradling her son and smiling a heavenly smile.
I’m sad knowing her longing to know him now, the photo of them hanging above her bed, close.
She texted me later, called me “her angel”.
I replied, “I’m no angel. I assure you.”
This extra stuff beyond programmatic interventions some call “support” or “aftercare”.
She calls it love. I see it as grace and perspective.
A reminder of my periphery, my purpose, of the opportunity to notice His nearness.
“The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.”
Psalms 34:17-18 ESV