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"If someone has enough money to live well and sees a brother or sister in need but shows no compassion -- how can God's love be in that person?"
I John 3: 17 NLT

As I prepare to start my day off here at Wesley House, the above scripture keeps coming back to me. As we grow older (and hopefully much wiser), we all are having to really "step up to the plate", as far as our family and friends healthcare and welfare are concerned -- especially if their illness falls in their 50's (pre-Medicaid, pre-Social Security benefits). There are people that truly need help and as long as we know about it and continue to overlook these serious needs, how can God's love be in any of us?
With affordable healthcare being little more than a "catch-phrase" for our generation, all families are having to chip in and do what is right, especially for the vulnerable adults that are out on the streets, wandering by night so no one will see them; scared to death because they cannot comprehend what is going on in their life that has put them in this position. Mental illness is terrifying for the person that has been diagnosed with any type of affliction, because who wants to admit that they have forgotten how to read, or even sign their own name. If they cannot add or subtract, how can they go into a store to purchase basic needs without the chance that an onlooker could easily take advantage of them. Even something so simple as plugging your phone into the charger can seem as difficult as brain surgery if you are the one experiencing it.
I saw an old friend of mine this weekend that is struggling with dementia and it breaks my heart -- he has been seen by three or four physicians and mental health professionals here in Meridian and no one knows what to do. He remembered where I lived and thought maybe I could help him, so he knocked on my door at 3:00 a.m. on Saturday. We sat on my front porch and discussed his situation, in deep detail. To sit and talk with this person for an hour or so, you would think he was completely normal. I gave him clean clothes to dress in, since he had not changed in a week and was soaking wet, and asked him where he would like for me to take him. We got into my truck and after arriving at the home he gave me directions to, he had no idea how to open the door to my truck. He began pushing buttons and just shoving on the door until I finally took his hand and placed it on the door handle -- we opened the door together and he turned his head and whispered, "thank you." When asked whose house this was, he said, "Don't know -- it's empty and I've spent the last three days here."
Heartbreaking, huh? Disturbing -- very! I pulled into my driveway a few minutes later, sat in my truck and wept for this helpless man, as I remembered that today was his 57th birthday and I had forgotten to even wish him a happy birthday. Next time you are driving along and see someone walking alone down the street, just imagine what their story may be -- you just never know what Hell they are living through, simply attempting to survive in this busy world of ours.
Wayne McInnis, Christian Relief Agency
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