I see a man sitting on the street corner. I see a woman with a sign saying “help”. I see a man walking with a limp. I see their dirty, hungry, unshaven faces. They are in my daydreams and night dreams. These dreams fill me with joy. These men and women I see on the streets are my friends, and the memories I shared with them from working with the homeless will stay with me forever.
I have a dream that one day everyone will see these men and women for who they are: human beings, with a history, with a future, with families and friends. I have a dream that I will open a homeless shelter that will be a place for warmth, growth and community. I will build these men and women up through education, career counseling, mental and physical rehabilitation, and most importantly friendship. I have a dream these men and women will have a home, not just a physical roof over their heads, but a place of comfort and connection. I have a dream that these men and women will have a home in other’s hearts, just as they have made a home in mine. My heart aches for these people. My heart is overjoyed by these people’s love and kindness towards me. My heart is dedicated to loving and serving these men and women. I have a dream that homelessness will be eradicated and my heart will burst with joyfulness.
Matthew 25:34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’