Why’s Everybody Always Pickin’ On Me?

A bird has been getting into the community meals for the homeless and those in need in Bucks County, PA. It has not only been eating the food and beverages there, but has been flying off with some grub to take back to its nest. Must have a big family with all the food and drink it takes home.

At the meals, someone once asked “what is that?” when this creature walked by with large bags. Is it a bird? Is it a plane?

No, it’s Birdman! Faster than a speeding bullet, more gall than a telemarketer, able to take off with a ton of food and drink at one meal in a single bound.  Image result for a popinjay

 

The hosts at the Friday night’s community meal kept an eye on this bird. Rather than directly draining the beverage containers into his containers, last night he made trips to his table with cups of beverages, two or three at a time. He went into the kitchen a few times to beg for more hoagies, unsuccessfully.

When the guests came into the dining area, the hosts gave them a bag of chips or Fritos. Birdman, who was behind me, asked how many he could have. The host said one. I turned around and told the host “better watch that guy, he’ll take the whole box.”

As the hosts were cleaning up, I told one of them to watch Birdman because he likes to take the salt and pepper shakers home. “I already yelled at him about that,” the host replied. This old bird, about 70, acts like a childish brat. My daughter was better behaved than Birdman when she was two-years old!

As the guests were getting ready to leave and the hosts were ready to take back the remaining bottles of drink back to the kitchen, Birdman bum-rushed the table. As he was ready to snatch the bottles, as host to him to stop and said the church needs what’s there for an upcoming event. “What’s your problem?”, Birdman snapped, “I’m just getting a drink!” He tone was insolent, hostile.

He returned to his seat and started packing up and said to Queen Nora, who joined him “they treat me like dirt!” I was tempted to respond “that’s because you are dirt,” but I bit my tongue. I’ve been trying to control my tongue. He’s angry because he didn’t get his way. He is a dirty bird, or to use Navy terminology, a sh**bird. Like Charley Brown, he wonders why everybody is picking on him!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_UnPzp2lmNk

Birdman and Queen Nora make a very dysfunctional couple.

Birdman is the quintessential noble savage. The noble savage is a relativistic philosophy championed by Jean-Jacques Rousseau, where all restraints of civilization or any authority are removed and the self becomes the center of the universe. There are no borders.

Most of the folks who go to the community meals, both homeless and those needy with homes, act civilized and show self-restraint.

Birdman’s behavior comes down to selfishness. He could care less about taking drinks designated for an event to others. When the host told him that, I don’t think it even registered, as there is no world outside himself, except for him to selfishly grab all its gusto.

The host was nice enough to graciously provide for others. There was plenty to eat for everyone. Nobody should go away hungry!

I’m glad that Birdman’s behavior was challenged individually and not the group. Birdman is not homeless, but he exhibits the stereotypical way that some people falsely believe homeless people are. Your status, situation in life does not define your behavior.

After hearing Birdman cry out that he’s treated like dirt, I started thinking that this is an ingredient to make a deranged, angry mass shooter. Maybe we need to keep an eye on him, and not just for looting the meals! This anger, feeling he’s a victim who is being picked on could build up and these captive thoughts translate into action. I hope not.

Modern thinking would label Birdman as being “mentally ill” as being “mad”.

Mad or just bad? http://www.nouthetic.org/images/pdf/Mad_or_Bad.pdf

In everything, therefore, treat people the same way you want them to treat you, for this is the Law and the Prophets“. -Matthew 7:12

Birdman’s theme song (to be played when he enters a community meal) https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=The+Bird+is+the+word&qpvt=The+Bird+is+the+word&FORM=VDRE

 

Dealing With Difficult People

At tonight’s community meal for the homeless and needy in Bucks County, PA, Birdman was his usual savage self. He sat at the end of my table, repeatedly grabbing, often using the salt and pepper shakers, keeping it close to him.  I moved them towards the two people who were sitting across from me and kept an eye on them. Evidently, he had designs to make the shakers part of his plunder.  Image result for popinjay

As the hosts were cleaning up, I took the shakers to the kitchen, handed it to someone and explained that there’s a guy sitting at our table who likes to take things home with him and I wanted to make sure they got it back.

For the grand finale, Birdman went to our table with a host and the coffee pot. I had a half cup of coffee, which had gotten cold. I asked the host if I could top off my coffee. “Go ahead, help yourself”, Birdman snapped, adding “take all of it. Take it home with you!”

My name isn’t Birdman”, I quipped. He grumbled something inaudibly, in a hostile tone.  

My now filled cup of coffee was just the right temperature and it went well with my desert.

The coffee left in the pot barely fit in the container the bird brought with him.

Earlier this week, at the community meal at Redeemer Lutheran Church, Penndel, PA, the host announced rules for dining at the church, including not coming to the meal drunk and fighting/quarreling. About a year and a half ago, a guest came to the meal drunk and disorderly, verbally assaulted and physically threatened another guest (one of his swings clipped the guest) who was minding his own business, as well as also cursed out anyone who confronted him about his behavior. He threatened me just because he didn’t like the way I was looking at him (I was aghast at his behavior). It took three male hosts to pull him away from the victim.

The out-of-control guest was ushered to the opposite corner of the large dining hall. After a pow-wow with the Advocates for the Homeless and Those in Need (AHTN) members and hosts, the police were called. An AHTN member returned to the scene of the crime and demanded that the victim leave immediately. Soon the police came, who also told the victim he had to leave, as per the host’s request. The victim was banned from riding the AHTN bus and the meal, while the drunk and disorderly guest continued to ride the bus and attend the meal.

Because of this outrage, where the victim believed slander and other wrongs were committed, he filed a lawsuit against the church and members of AHTN. I believe that this event and the lawsuit is what prompted Redeemer to announce the rules. I also think that because some people did something to hold difficult people accountable for their behavior and continue to do so, the meals have been more peaceful, more enjoyable.

Tonight, and other nights, people have been able to at least put a speed bump in front of Birdman. Like Sally, he needs to slow his mustang down. Oh yea…  https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=Mustang+Sally&qpvt=Mustang+Sally&FORM=VDRE

Society need rules, law and order. Without which, it ends up like the Lord of The Flies. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lord_of_the_Flies

Most of the guests at the community meal show restraint and respect others. It is a blessed time, where friends get together and talk about various things, admonish and encourage one another. At one meal, another guest admonished me to be gracious to Birdman. I’m trying. It takes wisdom to not cross that line to curb bad behavior which effects others and completely putting someone down. As the Bible says, be angry but do not sin.

It would be sad if a miscreant or two (or more) would ruin the community meals in Bucks County.

“As dead flies give perfume a bad smell, so a little folly outweighs wisdom and honor.”

-Ecclesiastes 10:1

The Bird Is The Word!

“Well everybody’s heard about the bird!

The bird bird bird, the bird is the word!…”

https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=The+Bird+is+the+word&qpvt=The+Bird+is+the+word&FORM=VDRE

There’s a character who’s been flocking to the community meals for the homeless and needy in Bucks County, PA known as “Birdman.” People at meals are getting the word about this infamous bird, who, like a wild animal, comes to the meals armed with pitchers and large bag and goes from table to table trying to swipe whatever he can – food, drinks and other items that are supposed to be for the people at each table and tables where food and drink are set out for all the quests. At one meal, he took the top off the coffee pot and was about to drain the coffee into his container when he was caught.

Some of us are thinking of playing The Bird is the Word, when Birdman enters a community meal. It will be his theme song.  Image result for popinjay

One guest thought he must have descended from a hawk, with the way he quickly, out of nowhere, appears and grabs his prey. To use Navy terminology, I would say he’s a sh**bird.

At the last meal he raided he started to take eating utensils from the table in front of him, until someone at the table yelled at him and told him the utensils were someone else’s. In spite of being yelled at, he returned to the table, on the prowl for things he could take. People at the table had to keep looking over their shoulder to watch Birdman like the hawk he is.

When I said something to someone at the table when I walked by right after Birdman tried to take the utensils, a guy at the table snapped “he’s an a-hole” and added that the bird was banned from two of the community meals permanently.

A few meals ago, Birdman was about to snatch the salt and pepper shakers, but the host stopped him.

If you sit down at a community meal, you have to set a watch to make sure that Birdman doesn’t take any of your stuff, including food that’s on your table whenever you get up to get a beverage, some food, or go to the restroom.

Birdman is the quintessential noble savage. The noble savage is a relativistic philosophy championed by Jean-Jacques Rousseau, where all restraints of civilization or any authority are removed and the self becomes the center of the universe. There are no borders.

Most of the folks who go to the community meals, both homeless and those needy with homes, act civilized and show self restraint.

Birdman is a reflection, an example of our rich heritage being turned upside down in an attempt to be replaced by the utopian new world order, which is destroying our society.

https://wigtunes.wordpress.com/tag/francis-schaeffer/

Pizza Gate

There’s a mystery at a recent community meal for the homeless and those in need. How did so many pizzas wind up being taken out by one person? It’s such a mystery that the Super Mario Brothers were called in on the case.

They have to be careful not to let King Koopa know anyone is investigating, lest they be turned into Goombas!

No Sharin’ With Karen was among the clues the brothers have so far in their investigation, which they believe is a code. The sleuths have snuck around and learned that the suspects are not underfed, so the brothers ruled out hunger as a motivation.

Witnesses said they observed a subject who approached the table quickly after the host announced that they have pizza left over and started putting them in boxes.  The subject, according to witnesses, seemed to be blocking other guests from getting the boxes, quickly slipping from box to box, acting like a defensive tackle defending the quarterback.

One witness said that someone who came late because of work missed out. The pizza was either eaten by the guests or sent out as take homes. The mystery guest was said to have taken about ½ dozen boxes with two to three pizzas per box. No sharing with them!

Today, there are still Koopas out there. Koopa’s rein is found in the politically correct, those who demean and threaten anyone whose opinion doesn’t match theirs. If they want your opinion, they’ll tell you what it is. In today’s culture, if you see something wrong and, although what you say is true, the guilty party may work up a Lynch mob.

The Koopas of this world try to make a monkey out of anyone who questions them. They’ve even come in the form of Tyrannosaurus Rex, but got slimed and, like Puff The Magic Dragon, slipped back into their cave.

One source suggested that the pizzas were either taken for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, or that the Turtles actually took them. This kind of thing is a part of their ninja training – it’s right up their alley! They say an army marches on its stomach; the Ninja Turtles crawl on pizza! Something is afoot in Bucks County, PA., lurking in the dark, oozing along your living room floor, the slime on the video, the drugs on the street corner, the drugs at Penndel Mental Health Center…

With pizza, we can win the war on drugs!

A Few Bad Apples

A few rotten apples who go to the community meals for the homeless and needy are starting to ruin the rest of the barrel. At the Peace Lutheran Church (you’ll see the irony), a rabid punk threatened me with violence because, “you disrespected my mother” because of what I said, which may have been embellished, on my blog, where I called out guests who bum-rushed food and ran off with an inordinate amount of goodies.

Some people just don’t think they should be held accountable for their behavior.

Peace Lutheran, however, may do something about these rotten apples.

When I exited the church, more than a half dozen people were waiting outside for me. I believe this “hit man” came to the dinner just to intimidate me. Although I had just criticized two individuals, the suburban gangstas banded together to intimidate me.

One of the hosts at the meal suspected something was brewing when he heard the gang talking at the back of the room during dinner. As he told the other hosts, he discovered he was right. He saw several people leave the building together and hang out in the parking lot. He referred to this as “a Lynch mob.”

The host said that these people may not be allowed back at next month’s meal.

These suburban gangstas,  most of whom have homes, may not realize it, but they are hurting the homeless as well as other guests. The hosts may come to the point where they don’t want to deal with this drama and may cancel the meals. Meanwhile, Peace Lutheran plans to deal with the rotten apples.

The host heard me being threatened, Wes saying “the police station is right across the street”, and one of the ganstas yelling an obscenity in response and other nasty remarks.

The Emperor Needs A New Set Of Clothes

Just like Birdman, whom I also called out for his selfish, predatory, anti social behavior, the ganstas don’t see anything wrong with what their two “friends” were doing. They also don’t have a problem with me calling out Birdman, who basically has been doing the same thing. Like the subjects in the Hans Christian Andersen story, people are afraid to say how the miscreants who hog the food at community meals are really as they appear.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Emperor%27s_New_Clothes

Instead of intimidating others and following the law of the jungle/survival of the fittest mentality, people in the homeless and needy community should help one another and build each other up and follow the golden rule – do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Many of the people who go to the meals follow this principle.

One monkey will not stop the show.

The homeless have a hard enough time dealing with the Bucks County establishment, which hates the homeless. When people in the group act like savages, which is not noble, it only contributes to the stereotypes society has against them.

One Size Fits All?

The one size fits all mentality is what I’ve been fighting against, particularly when it applies to the homeless community. Judging by the content of one’s character, I look at the homeless as individuals who happen to have the common need for a home.

But it seems that in some cases, when you judge particular individuals in the homeless and needy community, people circle the wagons and act as if you are attacking all of them.  In one case, at a community meal in Bucks County, PA,  a drunken homeless guy loudly cursed out another guest and physically threatened him. It was an unprovoked attack; T-Rex was drunk and disorderly. Yet, the Advocates for The Homeless and Those in Need (AHTN) gave him a free pass and punished the guy he attacked, as did the host. Although I was told the decision came “from the top”, I believe it was a result of an AHTN member on the scene lying about and demonizing the victim.

T-Rex finally met his Waterloo. After he ambushed the same guy at a homeless meal, someone called the police, but, aided and abetted by “friends”, he eluded police for weeks until he was arrested at the free laundry. When someone called the police about the attack, a homeless guy told the caller not to call the police. After T-Rex was arrested and in jail, as I was waiting in line at a community luncheon, a homeless guy ranted that someone calling the police to apprehend the fugitive was “terrible, terrible!”

One thing I’m sure of. The one armed man did not do it!

On another occasion, two AHTN volunteers said nothing when guests walked away with an inordinate amount of take homes when they were sitting right next to them. Although they had homes, I think they became honorary homeless people and became members of a clique. Members of their small exclusive group defended their indefensible behavior.

Two members of the clique confronted me in the parking lot last night after the community meal about calling  out two individuals on my blog. One was very hostile and tried to intimidate me into not calling out particular individuals from the clique. Yet The Adams Family was held up to public scrutiny for doing the same thing. Consequently, they changed their evil ways, baby. And people in the wagon circle don’t have a problem with me calling out Birdman for his anti-social, predatory behavior.

We all need to be held to the same standards.

What people may not realize, is that by circling the wagons to protect someone in their clique reinforces the one size fits all mentality that the Bucks County establishment subscribes to. This mentality was evident at the public library in Levittown, at the Veterans’ memorial near the library, and at the Salvation Army Levittown Community Center. What’s terrible is that some individuals are not held accountable for their behavior and, consequently, everyone in the group is punished.

There’s been a campaign at the library to constructively keep the homeless out of the library. It’s not because of their behavior, but just because they are homeless. The Bucks County officer stationed at the municipal  building, pressured by some of the government hacks in the WIC building, told homeless people who were just hanging out at the memorial, not breaking any rules, that some people are afraid to come to the memorial because they feel uncomfortable when the homeless people are there. Consequently, he tried to shoo them from the memorial. With my egging them on and my remarks to the officer, they did not comply and he eased off. The same rules need to apply to everyone.

The Countess of Carlisle, public relations gal at the Levittown Salvation Army, agreed with the campaign to keep the homeless out of the library, arguing that some people who visit the library don’t like them there.  The Salvation Army official is so named because, like her namesake, she claims to help the disadvantaged, but doesn’t really want to know or understand them: “In 1838, Lady Carlisle articulated a negative opinion of Charles Dickens, who was then emerging as a successful author. ‘I know there are such unfortunate beings as pickpockets and streetwalkers. I am very sorry for it and am very much shocked at their mode of life, but I own I do not much wish to hear what they say to one another’, she said.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Georgiana_Howard,_Countess_of_Carlisle

Freedom of Speech is a wonderful right Americans have. It doesn’t just protect popular speech, but speech some people don’t like. It should not be abridged. “Sit down and shut up,” was a phrase the last resident of the White House has been known to say about people with whom he disagrees. Well, I refuse to sit down and shut up even though some people don’t approve of my calling out people whom they believe have immunity or the way I do it.

“Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” -John 8:32

 

If You Can’t Take The Heat

If the shoe fits, wear it! One of the culprits who has been snatching an excessive amount of food and clothing at community meals for the homeless and needy in Bucks County, PA went ballistic after having the light of truth being shined on her and her confederate. It’s like shining a bright light on a yellow jackets’ nest at night without using a red filter. Like the awakened yellow jackets, she is trying to sting the one who is speaking out about those who have been embezzling what is for other people.

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Interesting that in the homeless and needy community, some people have harassed and demonized a guest based on lies and, at best, gross exaggerations. Yet, when the light of truth was shined on the culprits who have been hogging food and clothing graciously given by the hosts at community meals, there is no massive outcry against this outrageous behavior, even by the homeless, some of whom say people who aren’t homeless have no business going to the meals because they are taking their food. Well, the people I’m calling out are doing exactly this!

Some homeless people have told the victim of false witness that he should not even be going to the meals. Yet some people are still lovey-dovey with the miscreants at the meals who have been seen grabbing all the desserts, etc., for whom greed is getting worse who, at the homeless meals take their booty.

One woman in need I know often comes a little late to the meals because she doesn’t get out of work in time to get there earlier. Because of the greed of miscreants, there may not be anything left for her.

You would think the culprits would at least wear a patch over one eye and bring a parrot with them and greet their friends with “yo ho hoe” when they go to the community meals!

Friendship can be a funny thing. Some people normally friendly to the victim of an unprovoked attack by a homeless man turned away from him, just as some friends have started distancing themselves from me because I stood by the victim of malicious gossip. True friendship should be based on character and loyalty.

The mouth of the miscreant duo is friends with a handicapped person whom I used to help but took advantage of me. Many people told me she takes advantage of “friends”. After our “deal” ended, one guy who used to drive her to the meals said that I should be happy to be rid of my burden – that once you do something for her, she thinks you are her slave. The mouth knows this, but says she loves (in a sisterly sense) her.

Nobody is perfect. I know I’m not. But I try not to habitually wrong others. When I do, I say I’m sorry and try not to wrong the person again. After the “deal” was broken and I got kicked out of the house by the homeowner after I put my foot down on the inordinate amount of taxi service I had to provide the monster drink fueled momma, she tried to shift the blame, even lying to a mutual friend about it. She was all smiles and acted if nothing needed to be reconciled and wanted nonetheless to remain friends with her and her husband. I kept telling her I was busy when she approached me but didn’t take the hint that I didn’t want to be bothered with them. It wasn’t until she asked me how my sick friend was and I answered “what to you care; all you care about is feeding your face at other people’s expense” that she left me alone.

Feeding one’s face at other people’s expense is exactly what The New Adams’ Family has been doing.

I trust that, like The Adams’ Family, they will stop their evil ways, baby!

If you can’t take the heat, don’t cook up a stink in the kitchen!

Users Loosers and Winners

You are the only one who can do something about where you live, said Ben Carson after being appointed to head HUD. Growing up in a poor household, his mother took Ben along with her when she cleaned an expensive home and told him someday he could live in a home like that. She pushed her kids to read and study and instilled in them values of hard work, integrity and determination. It paid off, as Dr. Carson became one of the world’s top neurosurgeons.

Even if you are homeless, there are still opportunities to better your lot.

“Success is determined not by whether or not you face obstacles, but by your reaction to them. And if you look at these obstacles as a containing fence, they become your excuse for failure. If you look at them as a hurdle, each one strengthens you for the next.”   -One of Ben Carson’s many quotes.

https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/11100.Ben_Carson?page=1

In the homeless community in Bucks County, PA, there are those who look at obstacles as a hurdle and they jump over them and move forward. Others make excuses for staying where they are, aided and abetted by the Bucks County Mental Health Hustlers, who offer a quid pro quo, housing for signing up for mental health services and for giving up and saying you can no longer work because of mental problems. It’s like Aladdin in reverse, where you get old minds for new. One “professional homeless” couple made such as deal where they got on the public dole for the unofficial but de facto reason that they are lazy and irresponsible. The guy had arbitrarily quit two jobs someone had gotten him.

One of the mental health hustlers told me he doesn’t believe in housing first. He said that people have to get straight, through the programs he was hustling, before they get housing. This presupposes everybody needs special programs, such as for substance abuse . I disagree, except that just being homeless is a strain and you need to get your head straight, but that can be done through informal or formal counseling, and people showing you they care and give you a hand up, not a hand out.

One homeless friend  trying to improve his lot didn’t let obstacles fence him in but saw them as something to hurdle. He once told me that he doesn’t want to be made “too comfortable” in his situation so he’d have incentive to move forward. He worked for a temp agency and ended up getting some long term jobs. Still, there were gaps, and he got low on money. One employer wouldn’t hire him until he got his ID up to date. Another friend gave him tips and made a phone call for him. I was very happy for the guy when he told me that two jobs came through, which showed promise.

He had also overcome substance abuse problems. When some other homeless guys were harassing a guy in a home but needy at a homeless bus stop, who had become a scapegoat as a result of the lying tongue of a formerly homeless woman, he just shook his head and had no part of it. This is why he is not a user-looser but a winner!

At the community meal last night, a homeless guy walked over to formerly homeless guy and thanked him for his help in some manner. They guy offered continued help. He and others have been helping homeless people with their physical as well as emotional, spiritual needs, as have the hosts at the churches that provide the meals. Man does not live by bread alone.

It was wonderful to see hosts ministering to the guests and the guest with each other. The regular guests have developed relationship with hosts. At last night’s dinner, a host encouraged a friend who has been battling the bottle to continue to resolve the problem. The Bible says to admonish one another in love.

Churches have increasingly offered Bible based, 12 Step programs to help people with their besetting sins, including substance abuse. Here’s an example: http://www.celebraterecovery.com/index.php/about-us/twelve-steps

There was a spirit and sense of belonging at last night’s meal. I come a little distance to go there not just for the excellent food, but for the fellowship.

“Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.  Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.  And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” -Colossians 3: 12-17

Faith in Action

In my last blog, I addressed the smiling faces that say they help the homeless but really don’t.  Today’s blog is about the people who genuinely help the homeless.

At last night’s community meal for the homeless and needy, a friend who has been having a battle with the bottle told me that he got into a program at a local church to help him overcome his problem.  The community meals are more than just bread, by which alone they don’t live. Other churches in Bucks County, PA are helping people become whole, fulfilling their mission to minister to them and point them to God, which helps them tap into the power to restore them to His image.

Substance abuse programs are just part of helping others. The concern shown to others, especially the homeless, making them feel accepted, the kind word, the right thing said – good examples that reflect Jesus, all contribute to helping people.

Making people whole is not a formula; results are not usually instant. It’s not like a science project, where kids make a volcano out of paper machete, dump in some baking soda and add vinegar and red die and voila! You have lava gushing out.  Usually, when we try to help people, it just plants a seed, which later may sprout.

The homeless are just like other people, who have various problems to different degrees. The friend who recently told me he’s getting treatment is not homeless. People become homeless for different reasons. Substance abuse is just one of many reasons.

It should be no surprise that, with our exploding drug problem, that many of the homeless are refugees from the inordinate number of recovery houses in the lower Bucks County. It’s like the thrill up on the hill that Fats Domino sang about, where “people come from miles around…” The druggies end up in Levittown and vicinity and blend into the homeless population.

One drug addict in particular I believe bypassed the recovery house. He’s now in a place that will help him, far away from Levittown, where a relative told me he is doing well in recovery and even has a job. His relative told me that his family wondered if he’d ever get straight, and asked him to try to turn him around.

It was at a community meal where one of the hosts ministered to the man – one on one for much of the meal. The guy was distraught, mumbling about needing to get treatment. Sometime thereafter, I ran into him when I visited another friend at a local short term treatment center. He appeared to understand the seriousness of his problem and told me he plans to “get with the program”, which he did.

The host who ministered to the man was glad to hear that he was getting his life together – getting straight. He didn’t set off a volcano; he just planted a seed – which sprouted and is growing.

The homeless themselves help one another. Rather than believing malicious gossip, some of the homeless comfort and encourage one another and help each other with mutual concerns. At, what else, a community meal, a homeless guy told others at our table that he needs a job. A guy at our table pointed to two guys who work at a place that is hiring, and that one of them is a foreman. I don’t know if he followed up on the lead, but it was an opportunity he learned about at the meal.

People of faith who attend the meals minister to each other. They encourage one another to realize that God has solutions to problems. Pastor and Christian counselor Jay E Adams boldly stated “I don’t care what problem you face; it has no power to defeat the cross of Christ.”
Jay E. Adams, How to Overcome Evil

The church is an alternative to government intervention. As I’ve said in previous blogs, secular psychology, for example, Penndel Mental Health, doesn’t work.

It’s good that churches in Bucks County and some Christians in general have been reaching out to genuinely help the homeless. This may be a shock, especially to you in Doylestown, but the government and psychobabble doesn’t resolve problems. Nor does treating the homeless like pests who are clandestinely, constructively pushed out, help the homeless.

Here’s the skinny on the church’s role in helping people:

http://www.christianpsych.org/wp_scp/wp-content/uploads/2007/05/dp220-2.pdf

And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

-Galatians 6:9

Christmas Light

The true spirit of Christmas is found in the Christmas dinners for the homeless and needy that the Marrazzo family puts on each year. Caring people dedicate part of Christmas day to serve others. The event takes place at 3 p.m. at 125 Lincoln Avenue, Penndel, PA.

There will also be a free community meal at St. Mark AME Zion at 136 North Congress St. in Newtown, PA at 2 p.m. Christmas day. According to the Advocates for The Homeless and Those in Need (AHTN) website, there is no bus transportation to this meal.

http://www.ahtn.org/calendar/

On Christmas day, many homeless people have nowhere to go. Like other community meals hosted by local churches in Bucks County, they are more than just a meal. Man does not live by bread alone. The meals are a place for the homeless and those in need to feel welcomed and where they can socialize with friends. It’s a place where people can be kept up to date with the latest news and what’s happening in their lives. Information in the homeless community is most often passed on by oral tradition, word of mouth.

Christmas is about light, the light the apostle John wrote about where Jesus took humans out of the dark, clueless world and into His light of righteousness. The light leads us to a life centered on God and his ways. Those who follow Christ become like Him and become more like him, not thinking of self but of others, putting their interests above theirs, sacrificing the way people do to provide a Christmas meal for the homeless and needy.

In the midst of all the surface glitter and manic, worldly ways this season, we need to be reminded what Christmas is about. A Christmas poem illustrates this:

All Christmas Poetry 

The True Meaning of Christmas 

by Brian K. Walters 

holy night

 

In todays day and time,
it’s easy to lose sight,
of the true meaning of Christmas
and one special night.

When we go shopping,
We say “How much will it cost?”
Then the true meaning of Christmas,
Somehow becomes lost.

Amidst the tinsel, glitter
And ribbons of gold,
We forget about the child,
born on a night so cold.

The children look for Santa
In his big, red sleigh
Never thinking of the baby
Whose bed was made of hay.

In reality when we look into the night sky,
We don’t see a sleigh
But a star, burning bright and high.

A faithful reminder,
Of that night so long ago,
And of the child we call Jesus,
Whose love, the world would know.

“In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.  And the light shines in the darkness and the darkness did not comprehend it.”     – John 1:4,5