She looked like any other perfectly put together South Bay woman – beautiful, long dark hair, nice clothes, and perfect make-up. When she approached me to ask if I had a couple of dollars because she needed gas I immediately said I didn’t have any cash (which was actually true), but after I went about my business of pumping my gas I thought about her.
She was still there, just sitting in her car. I went over to her and said, “Are you totally out?” She said humbly, “See my light is going off because my tank is empty.”
As I was having this conversation, I noticed that this beautiful woman, that I see as perfectly put together, was actually living in her car. Everything she owned was in the back seat and piled up throughout. I offered to fill up her tank with my credit card. As it filled up and she was thanking me, all I could think was that she didn’t even look just like me, she looked better than me.
How many people do I see every day, looking like any other South Bay person, beautiful and totally put together, like this woman, and they have nothing. No home, no food, no money, nothing. They live in their cars, but still manage to put on their make-up, brush their hair and maybe even take a shower. They dress nice even though every article of clothing they own is in their backseat. They do not know where their next meal is coming from and are perfecting the “art” of being homeless and go undetected because they look just like you and me.
“Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” Matthew 25:40. Who really is the “least of His?” It could be the person next to you at the library, the coffeehouse, at church or the gas station. It could be me.
We used to offer a “homeless” Thanksgiving meal on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving every year. We now offer a “community” Thanksgiving dinner on that Wednesday. Will my friend from the gas station be there? Will the family down the street from you be there? You should be there.
Community Thanksgiving Dinner
Wednesday November 26th
St. Andrews Presbyterian Church
301 Avenue D
**Donations of gently used jackets and shoes for men, women and children will be collected and given out.**