Well, I think I need to break out my t-shirts and shorts. There's a break coming in the weather. While it's still a deep freeze right now, -26 Celcius with windchill taking it to about -34 (that's about -29 Farenheit) we have the balmy tropical prediction of a temperature of -12 afternoon (about 10.4 degrees Farenheit). Unfortunately, we still have a wind chill warning out so it will seem a lot colder. I guess I'll keep the shorts packed away for a bit longer.
With this incredible cold comes the devasting hardship for the homeless. In a city not far from us, they have had such incredible growth that their homeless population has also skyrocketed. And this is not just men who had come to try and find a job in the booming economy. Not just the alcoholic or drug abuser homeless. It is whole families. With no home. The rental prices have so rocketed because of the boom that some families cannot afford the down payments, rents and the other costs of finding a place to live. Some of these families are living in campers and trailer's . It's heartbreaking. Their homeless shelter is filled beyond capacity and the city was providing city buses for people to sleep in, and they opened the exhibition building in an emergency decision to keep people from being out on the street all night. Even with all these measures, two people have died over the last couple of nights. Frozen out in the elements. It breaks your heart.
While I cannot pretend to even understand one iota of the plight of the homeless, I do know I can give to help them. This is a perfect time to give toward homeless shelters, food banks and soup kitchens. They are in dire need when the weather is this cold. And no gift is too small. Every little thing helps. And never mind all the different thoughts on why they have come to be in the situation they are in. The fact is they are. And if it's harsh winter, they are at risk of losing their lives. A life that Jesus died for. I'm just going to ask that you say a prayer for the homeless in your own city and ask what the Lord would have you to do at this time .
Father, I just say a prayer for all those who are without a home in any city that is experiencing harsh winter conditions. I pray you're protective hand would be over them, and there would come real solutions for them. I pray you would get them to the shelters so that they can stay warm and be fed. Thank you for those who have risen up and given out of their hearts during this time so the shelters would have extra food and necessities such as gloves, scarves, hats, socks, boots and coats to give to those who need them. Protect them Lord. In Jesus Name I pray.