There but for the Grace of God


I did something the other day I have never done in my 57 years of living on this earth. I’m not sure what got into me, but I actually gave a dollar to a guy standing on the street corner holding a sign saying he was homeless, etc. etc. etc. Now maybe a dollar isn’t much, but it is when you don’t have many to spare. And, like I said, I’ve never done this before.

Why haven’t I ever done this before? I suppose there are a couple reasons. One is I have always felt many of these people are just scamming the public. Ever since I saw one in the city of Cambridge walk away from her favorite corner and get into her BMW I was kind of suspect. Then there are also the stories of how the first thing someone will do will  go buy a bottle or drugs with the money. And then I guess I always looked at it like “Who ever helps me when I need it? No one.”

Yesterday, I saw this guy, standing on the corner while I was waiting for the light to change, and I didn’t think these things. Instead I thought “There, but for the grace of God, go I.” I don’t know where that expression comes from but it was the first thing I thought of. And then I thought of Matthew 25: 44 – 46

Then they also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see thee hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to thee?’  Then he will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it not to one of the least of these, you did it not to me.’  And they will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

I don’t know what this guy was going to do with the money, I didn’t ask. I don’t know what his story was, what happened in his life which made him have to beg on the street. All I know is I gave him a dollar and drove on.

Maybe Jesus is finally getting through to me.

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