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Recently I was waiting in the drive through at Tim Hortons and I saw a lady sitting in the rain asking for money, and she was crying.  We see homeless around often, and sometimes I try to help if I'm able, but this time seeing her crying hurt my heart.  I kept thinking and praying, God how can I help? I absolutely could not just keep driving ...but I didn't have any cash on me and I'm sure her circumstances were complicated and beyond my capabilities....But I felt compelled to see if she was ok.  I made sure she was aware of the help she could receive through different resources here in town, which she was aware of.  And then I decided to just listen...about her recent circumstances, about her past hardships and grief.  I told her I was sorry that I couldn't be more of a help, and that I didn't know how to help her.  Also that I was sorry for all she was experiencing and going through.
We are called to love those around us, our neighbours, those in our communities.  I’m tired of selfish living...I’m tired of just going through the motions of life.  I desperately want to use my ordinary everyday encounters to spread the love of Jesus.  If that means trying to help someone in need... trying to connect with another mom at school pick up....or just taking time to listen to someone who is struggling and lonely...I want to live a life of purpose.