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    do you feel for the homeless

    +21  Views: 1334 Answers: 24 Posted: 9 years ago
    melandrupert

    good question
    country bumpkin

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    Having been technically homeless, dependent upon the charity of others, as a stranger in a strange land is an interesting and strange place to be. During that time I remember that my choices for getting through the day were very limited and my faith in the love and leadership of God was all that kept me going. My brain was working feverishly while I knew I had to relax and let God. I preferred not to talk to others about my situation because I preferred my inner dialog with the strength and Light of God that gave me a childlike interest and curiosity that filled my life and comforted me. Others around me cursed their every breath and behaved like crude animals, others angrily protected their shopping carts of cans and rags as the only meaning and value in their life. Someone tossed a hamburger and french fries on me as I laid on a cardboard box. I was grateful and cried myself back to sleep. Life in the gutter is hard. Some people will steal your shoes if yours look better. Rape and brawls are too common. Illegal drugs are prolific not enough opiates to quell the pain. People you know die of disease and untreated infections or are murdered in the night. I have been in that hell. Sleeping under a bridge, warming up next to a burning car seat and dining on dog meat…I was an explorer in this real and picked up snarled fishing line and a hook to fish for perch in the oil stained water there. I became more self reliant and used the things I found or got from the garbage to made crude tools and to get my life back into a more orderly fashion. Today, I own my own home and I know so much about survival without going to jail or accepting hand-outs that I am continuing to make progress, study old forgotten ways of living and aim for states of independent self-sufficiency that are above my present state. I follow the will of God and I have goals that are accumulative of experience…it is this that is the will of God…our gathering of experience and realizing our own progress.
    I don’t feel sorry for people on the street…to them life is very challenging unlike anything many people have ever known. There are many ways off the streets and they just need to find their way in the will and way of God within. The bible to them is best applied as toilet paper and fire starter. Been there and done that and look what a nice guy I turned up to be.
    pythonlover

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    Thanks for sharing your personal story,it tells me your faith and sheer determination got you through this difficult time in your life.
    Bevs

    yes, thanks, you're quite an inspiration
    varon

    It is quite a story. God bless you for your determination and will. Thank you for sharing.
    Ann

    That is a powerfull story of events that happened to you. With determination and sheer will God changed the course of your life. God bless.
    Ms Sinclair

    Glad you managed to get out of that situation. It seems like a very hard way to live.
    itsmee

    robertgrist: write a book. not many people have your will. you have a power. it kills me to see the homeless.
    doublehelix

    Wow. What a great guy :D !! I've been nearly homeless but not that kind...
    Great to know you survived, found your path and ended up in a good place :)
    melandrupert

    thank you Robert for sharing this wow have ever thought about writing a book! it would be a best seller think about it and i am so pleased you had god with you thanks again
    Headless Man

    God has blessed you.
    daren1

    incredible, what god can do as well as yourself!
    I went to visit my daughter in Seattle. There are homeless people everywhere. I did not enjoy the City, because I felt so sad for these people.
    absolutaly , i do alot to help out weather that means a few bucks here and there or buying them a sandwich.. cause you never know when you might be in their shoes
    Of course. I count my blessings every time I see a homeless person. The banks threw many of them out of their homes. Instead of working something out with the homeowner, they would rather see them empty. Makes no sense to me. The system has no compassion at all. I can't say here what I would do with those in power, but a wood chipper comes to mind.
    Absolutely yes, the people have no idea where their next meal is coming from, or if it's coming at all. There is little shelter or few places that help the homeless depending what city you are in.

    If you don't have a phone number or address, you can't get a job.

    If you don't have somewhere to wash your clothes or take a shower and go to a job interview smelling, you won't get hired.

    Part of the problem with some of them is that they have psychological problems, or they have drug and alcohol problems. This may be what caused them to loose everything to begin with.

    People treat them like they are diseased and a lower form of life, they aren't treated with respect like any human being should. Sometimes they are beaten by teen's or men in their twenties as for sport.

    The street is mean and survival depends on how well you can protect yourself, there is a homeless pecking order. The toughest ones are the ones that control certain areas, and you have to pay tribute to them to live under their bridge etc. It's a horrible existence, and I have barely scratched the surface. I have worked and do work with ministries that help the homeless.

    More people should go out of their way to give them a meal, not money they can buy drugs or beer with. The problem is some people view them as sub human.
    if i could i would help the homeless. there are people out there that just need a hand up, they dont want a hand out. they are the ones who need the help. the ones that really want to be what God intended for them to be.
    Many of us are one or two paychecks away from being homeless so, yes, I definitely sympathize. The rents in New York are so high, it's a wonder that there aren't even more homeless people here.
    I feel badly for the ones that have nowhere to go, have no choice but to live in their cars or in shelters or on the streets.

    There are those that are mentally ill that choose to live on the streets, they are the ones that need psychiatric help to realize they really do have a life somewhere and shown how to cope with it.

    Yes, I have compassion for these people. I do not have the means to monetarily help them but wish that I did.
    Ms Sinclair

    Not all people who live on the streets are mentally ill. Where I live (N.Y.C.) it is sometimes safer to be on the street than in a shelter. People are often robbed, raped, and abused in those establishments.
    The answer is YES most of us this can count our blessings and thank you Robert grist for sharing that and thank god you are here today as a lot of homeless people are less fortunate I know when I go shoping a city I look at the young and the old homeless people and I always give them some change I wish I could help them further I do help in charitys but then i wonder do they get this money I do hope so god bless them all
    The small village where I live you never see homeless, unless they're passing through.
    I do wish I could help in some way but some beggars are not homeless, how can you tell?

    I do feel for homeless people,don't know why thing are as they are, it seem so unfair for the weaker or uneducated people,I do give to some charity,but it never enough,I count my blessing that God always look after my needs,so I pray for them too,at the end we will be all in the same place.

    well, yes, I do feel sad for the homeless. I want to help them

    Yes I do, one must always remember that that could be us at anytime.

    Everyone should have the security of a place called home, although some are homeless because of bad choices. I feel for homeless, and am happy to provide food, clothing, PH supplies, but not cash.

    hector5559

    Be around for breakfast ,cappachino,and two eggs on toast please,,
    Bob/PKB

    Then we go bowling

    Depends why they are homeless..>>>>>>>><<<<<<<..

    Absolutely! But then there are those who choose to be homeless. What about them?

    jhharlan

    I was homeless for two years w/o any help from my family. (They thought they were teaching me a lesson, I think )I made it. Kept clean, ate (other homeless taught me how ). Found the right shrink after 29 years of searching, had one hellava tan,made some darn good friends that I still know today. We took care of each other like a club almost. Wouldn't trade a minute of it. Does this answer you at all?
    Tommyh

    Yep it does.
    Tommyh

    BTW.I have tried to help homeless people & was surprised at the reaction I got. Hence the question in my answer.
    Bob/PKB

    Thats people in general...unpredictable
    ok u coulda put it tht way
    ok srry dude really
    you
    pythonlover

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    I am making it my business to ask a question,just like the 6 you have asked.
    and why is that your buisness
    pythonlover

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    ummm.... who are you refering this to ?
    Flip

    @Avster: We make it her business, being a question and answer site. What side of the bed did you get out of this morning?
    pythonlover

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    I noticed this person has an attitude problem with a lot of the questions posted.
    why do u all hate me FYI i said that 2 flip not u
    pythonlover

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    I dont hate you ,i dont even know you,i just didn't like your comment when you asked me why is it my buisness to ask this question,i have nothing personal against the homeless just wondering if people give them the time of day.

    sorry its an addiction
    yea id lik 2 c u do tht
    excuse me flip FYI i had 2 get up @ 530 2 get 2 swim practice so yes im moody thx and pythonlover thx for sayin i hav attitude i nvr knew it ill know for nxt tim
    pythonlover

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    R E L A X
    Headless Man

    Where not on cellphones here, can you spell your words out.
    pythonlover

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    I just did, i told Avster to relax,he says he is feeling a bit moody.


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