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Love and dignity for 'the stranger'
For years, our downtown church was challenged with people sleeping on our porch and being destructive to our grounds. Initially many members tried compassionately to help these individuals, but were unsuccessful in changing the circumstances.
Certainly looking the other way, or “passing by on the other side” (see Luke 10:31, 32 ) is not loving. Instead, taking the time and effort truly to know the “stranger” as God’s beloved son or daughter is doing much. With love, our prayers go forth to bless all concerned.
About the author
Karen Sevaly lives in Riverside, California.