I'm wondering what it feels like on the street today. I can only imagine what it was like last night for hundreds of folks without housing here in Dallas.
What were the actual experiences in the "camp grounds" under our bridges, down along the banks of our creek beds, behind buildings on loading docks and in all of the other out-of-the-way places were people were "hiding" last evening.
What is it like today in the ice cold rain? Where to go? What to do? How to eat?
Wonder what it will be like tonight when it really turns cold?
Last Thursday afternoon I took a couple of my trusted partners on a driving tour of two huge South Dallas neighborhoods. The housing stock is way below sub-standard. As we drove through the areas again--I've done this so often, it became hard to realize that people are actually trying to live in houses like these in Dallas, Texas!
Outrage seems appropriate this morning as I think about the cold and those homes. Wonder how many people huddle around open flame heaters as I write these words? Wonder how the open cracks in the walls or the leaks in the rooftops are being managed?
Dallas considers itself a "can do" city.
This morning in the cold, with clear images of the poor in my mind, I find that claim laughable or, at best, a cruel, cruel marketing hoax.
Put yourself in out in the cold today.
How does it feel? How would it feel if you had no warm, dry, comfortable option into which you can easily retreat whenever you choose?
What does your faith tell you about our current circumstances in this city of amazing wealth and opportunity?
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