Some months ago a young man came up our steps during a Saturday night and he was out of control. He was obviously high on something. Probably crack. We showed him kindness and were (largely) patient with him as he was irratic and demanding. Pastor Bill prayed with this man on a few occasions and you could see a marked change – something at least akin to peace.
The other week this same young man came up on Tuesday night – while we were having a congregational meeting. (I was especially busy that night with a good handful of people either trickled in or asked for a bag of food items from our food bank.) What was striking about seeing this young man after a couple of months was 1) he was shirtless, and 2) he was relatively calm. While helping him find some clothes from our men’s clothing room (including a shirt), he said that he really appreciates our church, which is one of the only places where he feels treated with kindness and warmth. In fact, he even wanted to give us a few items of food for our food bank.
I’m not sure where this young man is in regards to faith. But there has been a marked change in him lately, which really seems to be a relief for his spirit. May God grant further, lasting peace.