We met him on a Friday at the end of a long week. I am convinced God grants a special grace to Fridays.
After the sleep deprivation and the activities of the week, I have no energy left come Friday morning. My heart is barely open, and neither are my eyes as I chug down a couple cups of coffee. However, the Lord covers my multitude of sins, and I have noticed the small ways He shows me that He is not limited by my own strength–He is my strength itself.
My street team and I were eating a snack downtown after walking the streets for a couple of hours. We were enjoying the little break, trying to find the energy for the rest of the day.
That’s when David approached us.
Once he began to speak, he barely took a breath for the next ten minutes. David is one of the holiest Christians I have ever encountered, and I think of the advice he gave us often. My words are not as eloquent and passionate as His, but I invite you to pray about the following points that he emphasized:
- Pray always, no matter your circumstance. David was a truck driver for many years and tussled with death on numerous occasions, but every moment that he was driving, he was in constant dialogue with God in his mind and heart. He has been homeless for years and has suffered the loss of his wife, but in times of joy, suffering, dryness, injustice, confusion, frustration, peace…David prays.
- Be courageous. David praised us for our courage in meeting new people every day, but he challenged us to even more. Do whatever the Holy Spirit tells you, he said, for nothing changes without the action and prayer of holy men and women.
- Hebrews 13:2 – “Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by doing so, some people have entertained angels without knowing it.” This call to radical hospitality gives meaning to every encounter. Whether we welcome an angel like Abraham, give our last bit of bread to Elijah like the widow and be blessed abundantly, or stop to talk to the homeless man slouched over at the bus stop, God works in our generosity and love, softening our hardened hearts.
- “We often think we’re humans on a spiritual journey, when we are actually spiritual creatures on a human journey. My body is a cocoon for my soul.” – David.
It was a privilege to listen to David. He shared with us his joy, trusted God above all, and found Christ in every moment. Half of his words were straight from the Scripture, and the other half gave glory to God through his testimony. In sharing his wisdom, David also shared with us his heart, which was fully devoted to Jesus.
On Fridays, it’s difficult to surrender to Christ, difficult to make of myself an offering to Him–but now on Fridays I think of David, and I am renewed in a desire for prayer, courage, generosity, and a sense of wonder at the eternity of God’s love.
Clare is from Philadelphia, PA. She has served with Christ in the City in our past two Summer of Service programs. She enjoys playing volleyball, listening to podcasts, and learning about languages.