Many folks have asked me why I do what I do. This blog entry will show one of many reasons why. I flew back from a client site on Friday the 12 of December. I asked Elvis, a homeless man, to meet me at 7 PM at the park. It was our plan for Elvis to come over and do some painting and tile work at my house. Elvis stays in the pop-up camper in the yard while he is at my house. I landed earlier than I had expected and had time to kill, so I went to the park to say hello to my friends. Leta, one of the few homeless women I see, approached me with great joy. She wished me an early Merry Christmas and asked if I had sent my letter to Santa yet. She explained to me, even though she was 51 years old, she still believed in Santa. I asked Leta if she had sent Santa a letter and what she asked for. She explained she sent him a letter but never hears back from him. She does not remember ever asking for anything nor ever getting anything for Christmas but she really thought her Christmas prayer would be answered. I told Leta that I had an in for Santa Clause through Mrs. Clause. I asked her if she had a letter for Santa that I could give to Mrs. Clause. She reached into her bag and pulled out her Christmas wish list and handed it to me. I told her I would do my best to get her letter to Santa. Recently I had a good friend who is struggling with his beliefs in God. I found these stories to be quite parallel. To my friend with doubts I quoted The same quote Jordan Shipley quoted Hunter Lawrence just before the game winning field goal in the big 12 Championship.
Blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence.
For my homeless friend Leta, I am hoping to bring her joy and grace with her special present from Santa.