Our Denver forecast calls for a low of 29. Jack Frost is nipping at the heels of fall and threatening to take over her remaining days. I feel chilled just thinking about the wondering souls on the street. Tonight, as I reach for an extra blanket, I’ll pray for those whose only shelter is a cardboard box.
I was a troubled teenager. Like so many on the streets today, I was sexually abused. One October night, I ran away from the parents who love me, and my warm comfortable home. My friend, Jill*, and I spent the night in sleeping blankets, on the greenbelt, just a few blocks from my house.
I learned a valuable lesson that night. Thankfully, I had a safe home in which to return. Many of the teens on the streets do not. I’ll never forget how the bitter cold seemed to permeate my entire body. I thank God for that experience because it softened my heart to the plight of the homeless.
I pray you’ve never experienced such a night. However, what if it was your sister, brother, daughter or mother? While we can’t eradicate homelessness, we can demonstrate the unconditional love of our heavenly father, we can show our concern and we can bring them hope.
Throughout the month of November, Bold & Free is collecting blankets for the local homeless ministry, Sevens. Many of you know my friend, Niki, through her blog, Sex, Love and Marriage, and My Journey. Niki and her husband, Benny, minister to the homeless on the streets of Boulder, in their own environment, just as Jesus would.
If you live in the South Metro area and would like to contribute to the blanket drive, please email me. If you live on the North side, please contact Niki. If you are not in the general area and would like to participate, financial contributions are always welcome through their Sevens site. Why not get your Bible study or home school group involved?
Below is a list of items we are collecting:
· Blankets – new or very gently used.
· Ski gloves
· McDonald’s gift certificates – $5 increments
Tonight, as your head hits the pillow thank, God for His provision in your life and ask Him to protect those sleeping on the street. Thanks in advance for your generous donations.
*not her real name.
Photo art by Tonya Vander
Also picutred above, the Nowell family, founders of Sevens.