Searching for the right words

Last night we went on a detour to Walgreens. It was quite cold and snowing. I stayed in the care while Dee ran in to pick up a few things. Across from our car there was a young man sitting on a bench with his dog – I figured he was waiting on someone like I was to come out of the store. Sure enough a couple came out and shared their bag but then left. A minute later another young woman came out and offered a couple of dollars and emptied her wallet of change to give to this young man before leaving. At this point it was clear he was looking for help and I got out of the car and we introduced ourselves. Ian is from Michigan. He had travelled with his girlfriend but things fell apart with her and the people they were staying with. He had no place to go. Of course, I didn’t have my Love Forward cash with me but I did happen to have exactly $10 in my wallet (I never, ever carry cash). I wish I could tell you that I was eloquent in telling him about Love Forward. I wasn’t. Instead, he looked me in the eyes, shook my hand, thanked me and asked for God to Bless me. We talked for a bit more about what he was going to do and if he wanted something to eat (Burger King was across the street). He said he would be okay but asked me to pray for him. Here is someone who is obviously suffering but has the presence to up lift me while I am stumbling for the right things to say. For me, the Holy Spirit took over as I grabbed some blankets from our trunk to give Ian and his dog and tell him that I would pray for him and ask for God’s blessings for him. I closed my trunk and by the time I turned back he was gone. Ian, God Bless you and watch over you. I am praying for your safety and shelter for the both of you.

 - Steve M.