It was saturday and I was going into my favorite Record Store -
At the door was a man of the streets named Ben. You know Ben don't you… He is that guy that pan handles outside of the grocery store - or restaurant - or department store - until security is alerted and he is shooed away.
Ben asked me for some spare change.
That was refreshing because the last time I was asked for money on the streets,
the man asked for a thousand dollars - you got it - a thousand bucks!
Ben just wanted some change.
I told him that I had no money on me but would buy him lunch across the parking lot at the Burger King.
"Are you hungry?" I asked.
"Sure" he said "I'll take a whopper and large coffee."
So we crossed the parking log and he hit up about 5 people in and out of the fast food restaurant for more change. Got to give it to him, he didn't miss a chance to ask for money.
We talked - he was from Memphis - he was a Christian as was his mamma - and lived in public housing and the most he made asking people for money was twenty dollars a day.
Ben didn't talk much and I could tell he was not comfortable sitting with me.
He finished long before I did and said thanks and got up and left the restaurant.
It wasn't much,
I was hungry and I could see in Ben's eyes that he was hungry.
We shared a moment in time in each of our lives and probably will never do it again.
I smiled as I finished my meal alone…
Ben had been around a while, he knew the game.
He really wanted cash - but took the food a lunch time.
We talked - about life - about God - about music. and we parted ways.
today I was able to do what I am called to do…
Reflecting the love of Christ into the hearts of men.
Take time to spend a moment with the BEN that is in your world.
Thank you for supporting TPN and giving us the financial support that allows us to take people like Ben to lunch.
Activists for homeless - inmates and the poor of this world.