“When you’re down and troubled and need a helping hand”, as Carole King sang, is when you need a friend. When a friend in the homeless and needy community needed help clearing his possessions out of the house that he sold when he was in the hospital, just four people, all 60-ish, came out to take it out of the house and put it in a safe place. It was a tiring task and these true friends were there for him.
Over the years, the gracious home owner let homeless people crash at his house for a night or two, free of charge. He also hosted a cook out, even providing the food for the folks who showed up. He also had a deadbeat stay over who, not only welched on the rent, but stole from him. One homeless guy who paid, bailed out before they had to be out of the house, not lifting a finger to help clear the house, but just stopping by at the 11th hour, literally at 11 p.m. one night after others were busing their butts to clear out the house, only to pick up his stuff.
There were other “friends” who took advantage of the guy, one particularly egregious one known as “The Animal.” The animal and her malignant mob damaged the house and stole from the host. They resemble the lowlifes in the movie Trading Places who partied with the homeless street hustler (played by Eddie Murphy) who came into money and wrecked the place and split.
As was the case with The Little Red Hen, everybody wants to eat the bread but no one wants to help make it: https://youtu.be/Od6R3a33bro
The homeless and needy community need to help one another, bearing one another’s burdens. The liberal establishment in Bucks County, PA helps the homeless basically for what they can get out of them. In previous blogs, I related how mercenary and condescending people are towards the homeless, particularly politicians and institutions who say they care for and aim to help the homeless. Talk is cheap!
“Then I will come down and speak with you there, and I will take of the Spirit who is upon you, and will put Him upon them; and they shall bear the burden of the people with you, so that you will not bear it all alone.” -Numbers 11:17
It’s up to us to help each other! On many occasions, this was the case in this community of people who have fallen behind in life, both financially and with personal problems.
People have encouraged others when they were going through a rough time, giving moral support, finding out for them how to do things, and in this case, physically helping out. A true friend of the guy who lost his home has been leading the house clearing, acting as a liaison, and working many days to help.
In Buck’s homeless and needy community, there are people going through struggles, with drug, alcohol and other problems. Besides each other, caring people have reached out to the homeless, bringing them food, clothing, and giving them moral support. Churches that host the community meals have offered physical and spiritual food and acceptance, understanding.
Pick your friends wisely! True friends are those who are committed to being there for you through thick and thin. And a true friend sometimes has to practice tough love, not just enabling bad behavior, even when the person he’s trying to help becomes hostile and making enabling destructive behavior a condition of friendship. There are those out there who do enable destructive, even criminal behavior (not mentioning any names, as I’ve already blogged about them) for expediency, sometimes just to artificially make peace and sometimes just for their own self-aggrandizement.
We need to work together, like the homeless characters in John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath.
“Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” -Ecclesiastes 4:12