Posted on Mon, Mar 28, 2011
March 28, 2011 Lizzy Gallagher
10th Day of Lent Exodus 20:1-17
This past week the senior high youth group and I were on a mission trip in Toronto. The focus of our trip was to help the homeless in the city. Seeing and hearing about these people's life made me think about how hard it must be to have faith in God. Even things as simple as the Ten Commandments must be a challenge to follow. Some of the people that we met ran away from abusive situations at home and others had an amazing life then got into drugs and started to spiral downward. Every day the men and woman living on the streets struggle to find a place to eat, live and therefore they break one of the Ten Commandments. Also, I can only imagine how hard it must be to honor thy father and thy mother when your parents abuse and you must run away.
Even faced with all these challenges, these men and women that we met in Toronto have the most faith of anyone I know. I met one guy who gets a subscription to a magazine called "the word" and every day he reads a small passage about what it means to have faith. At one point of the trip we were in a food shelter and all of a sudden a verbal fight between to men broke out. After it went on for a little while one of the other men in the food shelter stood up and told them to "respect the Church." this man who stopped the fight is an alcoholic and recently applied for treatment. He certainly does not have an ideal life but he is turning to God to try to turn his life around
The next time you see a homeless person begging on the street for money, take a second and think about what they are going through. Try not to brush them off as a thing on the side walk and try to think about how much you can learn from them about faith. For them every day being alive is a miracle and they might not always succeed but they try their hardest to follow these Ten Commandments and live a life devoted to God.
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