Angels In Disguise

Another heart felt post from our guest Blogger Kathy N. Norris!!

 

Angels in Disguise

I was blessed to have a column, “From The Front Porch” in a local weekly newspaper, The Cullman Tribune, from 2005 to 2014. This is my column for April 7, 2011. I wrote the poem on March 27, 1998! It was one of my first, which shows where my heart was at that time… right where it is today… loving the homeless, forsaken, and needy! God blessed me with a gift of writing beginning in 1997. I would have never dreamed I had a talent for spilling out my thoughts by way of typing on a computer keyboard! He gave me poems that as I read them today, I cannot believe they came from me… which they truly didn’t… they came straight from God!

During the past few months, my husband, Keith, and I have seen men at various locations in the city of Cullman holding a cardboard sign that says, “Hungry, need work”, or “Homeless, need work”. In this day and time, unfortunately, we don’t know who we can trust, so most of us hesitate to help someone we don’t know. We remember being taught as a child to stay away from strangers, and so we do, to protect ourselves.

Just a few days ago, Keith and I were shopping south of town, and we stopped to talk to a young man holding a sign. He was standing in a public open place. Keith asked him several questions, and he had an honest-sounding answer for all of them. We wanted to get him some food, but someone already had. Knowing that we probably shouldn’t give him any money, Keith did anyway. We didn’t have any other way of helping him… to feel safe about it. Whether or not the young man was truthful with us and legitimately homeless was between him and God at that point. He could have been sincere or he could have been a druggie. We did what we felt we should do to help him.

I remember the first time I saw a man that appeared to be homeless, and holding a cardboard sign. It was at a parking lot in Decatur. I was shopping with a friend who was doing the driving. As we drove further away from him I kept looking back, I didn’t mean to stare but couldn’t take my eyes off of him. My heart went out to him, and I wondered what had happened in his life for him to be in such a situation. I watched hoping that someone would stop to help him, but never saw anyone.

I have thought about how degrading it must feel to stand on a street corner holding a cardboard sign. I think of how I would feel seeing many pricey automobiles drive by, and not one of them stopping to ask if they could do anything to help me. I think of good people, Christians, and upstanding community leaders cruising right on by me, perhaps on their way to a fine restaurant to meet friends for dinner, and of course dressed in their finest attire. Some drivers could be on their way to spend hundreds of dollars buying all the groceries they want….and not having to think twice about it. How it must hurt to be hungry and cold, with no one seeming to care.

There are many who have genuine needs in today’s economy… very serious needs. Using our best judgment call, where we will remain safe, we should try to help where we see fit, even if it’s in some small way. I believe that God sometimes sends angels to strange places. They could be disguised as homeless just to see how we will react to them.

And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” Matthew 25:40

Angels In Disguise

I saw an old man by the side of the road.

Could it be that he’s waiting there,

For someone to stop and reach out a hand,

For someone to show they care?

He could be homeless, lonely and cold,

Or just a hurting man.

We could easily be in those same shoes,

So, we must extend a hand.

He’s tired and weary, and he can’t go far,

But hopeful that today is the day,

That someone will stop to meet his needs.

Will someone take time today?

I saw a crippled lady at the grocery store,

Walking slowly with an old worn cane,

Would someone help her to reach her food,

Would someone lend her a hand?

Her family has turned away from her,

Now that she is old and gray.

She was always there for them,

And now… where are they today?

I saw a child so dirty and poor,

With a look on his face that was sad.

Could it be that he prays each day,

For a family – a real mom and dad?

He needs someone to give unconditional love,

That comes with a real family.

He needs someone to help and guide him,

Into what God would have him be.

He’s tired and weary, and he can’t go far,

But hopeful that today is the day,

That someone will stop to meet his needs.

Will someone take time today?

We must always be aware that God,

Sends angels in strange places.

Their disguise can be in many forms,

They can have so many faces.

God tells us in His Holy Word,

That we should minister at all times.

For we know not when we just might see,

Angels in disguise.

We Believe
The Forgotten Shall Be Forgotten No More

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