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The sun of justice with it’s healing rays is lower in the sky these days. The leaves are flaring up ruby, gold and citron boldly hanging on to the branches. I walked along the sidewalk lined with trees, under an arbor heavy with color waiting for the first real wind to scatter them like confetti after a parade.
The sidewalk in front of the church where I was going to pray was empty. The usual color of sleeping bags and clothing and backpacks and food wrappers absent from the grey concrete. I didn’t have to step over anyone on my way through the doors. It was easy for me.
I know those people — our brothers and sisters — are still out there, God. They have not disappeared. I imagine they were blown like leaves into into the street until they came to rest against the curb under the Burnside Bridge where I saw many more people bedding down for the night then the last time I drove home that way.
It’s hard to know how to pray about this. What I ask for is forgiveness for whatever part I have in perpetuating a condition where wounded people have to live outside. Be a source of comfort for those who struggle to survive on the streets. Be a source of inspiration for those of us who are comfortable. Open our hearts. Help us know what to do next. Let us seek a newer world where homelessness and poverty are ended.