It is not very often that I awake with scripture in my thoughts but this morning I clearly heard the words of Psalm 121,“I lift up my eyes to the hills – from where will my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.” I am aware enough to pay attention so I tarried with why and why not.  Was it going to be one of those kind of days?  Should I prepare for trouble? Just in case I cleaned my glasses and prepared my heart – to see and receive any help that I might need.
Oddly, about midmorning a visitor arrived. A women (can’t even try to guess her age) sitting patiently on one of the picnic tables by the playground. A suitcase indicated that she was transient. After greeting her and the exchange of a few pleasantries, she confirmed that she was in fact homeless. I’m not trained in making a diagnosis but as we chatted I would guess that she might be dealing with some mental health issues.
As I generally do, I asked her what would be helpful for her today. Surprisingly, her list was short and specific. (I might have been able to locate her request of dish soap but beyond that I wasn’t going to be very helpful.)  I proceeded to ask if I was able to find a little bit of cash would she go and buy the items she needed. Her response was in the affirmative. (Now, I realize that some of you may think that’s not very smart.  We know what is said about giving a homeless person cash but I generally default to trusting people to do what they say or need rather than deciding for them.)  I managed to find $22.00 for her.  We chatted for a bit longer before she headed down the sidewalk pulling her suitcase behind her.  I hope you have an opportunity to help someone this day.

Scripture Reading: Psalm 121:1-2
“I lift up my eyes to the hills – from where will my help come?
My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.”

Reflection Questions:
Who needs your help?
Where do you go for help?
How has God helped you?

Prayer: Holy God, thank you for greeting me with words that potentially made a difference for someone. Amen

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