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Topic: Eternity (03/10/11)
TITLE: The Old Man
By Ken Ebright
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Shirley, a volunteer from, Caring hands, Caring Hearts Ministry, did what was called night patrol. She would look for homeless people and try to bring them to a shelter. It was a cold night, where the temperature was around zero, around midnight she saw an old man with grey hair, and a grey beard, in a sleeping bag, which was under the 34th street bridge.
Shirley tapped the old man on the shoulder, "Sir, I am from Caring hands, haring hearts. I can help you find a place to stay tonight."
The old man turned over and looked dazed and confused.
"Get away from me; I don't need your help."
Shirley knelt down beside the old man. "What's your name? I want to help you."
"My name is Ralph. Help me with what!" He spouted angrily.
Shirley smiled, "My car is over there. I can help you find shelter. I really do want to help you."
Not knowing he could trust this woman, he stared at her for a minute, and then finally said. "Okay."
Ralph had a hard time getting up, finally he did pick up his sleeping bag, and they walked over to the car and got in. Shirley started it and put it into gear.
Shirley concentrated on staying on the road. "We do more than just help people who are homeless. We help people find their heavenly home. Do you know Jesus?"
Ralph laughed, "Why would I want Jesus? I'm homeless. Jesus certainly has not done anything for me."
Shirley smiled, "Oh yes he has, he put me in your life. I can help you get you back on your feet and help you find an earthly home. I can also help you not to be homeless from your heavenly home. That way you can spend eternity with him. You will never have to worry about being homeless again."
"I don't know about this Jesus."
"Jesus loves you he can really help you. He can change your life."
Ralph shook his head, "I don't know. I just don't know."
As they neared the shelter, Ralph screamed, "I want to get out, I don’t want your help."
"Ralph, you can’t continue to live like this; I can help you get you life back together Please trust me." Shirley stopped in front of the shelter.
"No one can ever help me, don’t wast your time on me." Ralph opened the door and ran and was never seen by Shirley again.
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