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September 28, 2005

Slumming for God

Vince on February 18, 2011 10:00 PM EST writes:
A question

If it's part of god's plan to have people suffer then why believe in him? If he is omnipresent then surely he would have known of a&e's fall before it happened. Is this some kind of sick joke?

All the more reason not to believe if you ask me. I hope this 'pilgrimage' of yours taught you that god has a 'plan' for some people to suffer.

I'm not sure if I could ever worship someone with plans like that.
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Ed on May 23, 2006 01:34 AM EST writes:
Thank you Dave

Most of us have a support network. Most of us are lucky enough that even if we lost our job, we would have someone to help us until we got resituated. 2 years ago I was being faced with a my job being cut to a half-time position. I thought about how luck I was because my position was not being totally cut out. At the same time I was being offered only part time... some phone company was laying off thousands of workers. I felt lucky. Also I had family that could help me. A lot of people dont have dependable family.
Also, I was given fair warning about the cut back so I had time to react.
Today I have full time work... I never had to to depend on my network. And though I had to move to another State, I never really suffered any lose of lifestyle. But when I think about it I know that had I been working for a particular phone company, and did not have dependable family, my family and I could easily have been homeless. The distance between security and homelessness is not a long one
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A_Lite_Touch on November 18, 2005 01:32 PM EST writes:
The trials and stresses of homelesness were well written when you expressed that you could understand the "need for a drink"... Alcoholisim is not the cause of Homelessness nor is Addiction,people who are in those catagories can manage many times on disability and welfare checks they know how to manipulate the system. People like yourself ,not versed in the finer nuances of on the edge living often end up homeless in difficult times . It is a self perpetuating situation. How can one who is homeless find a job when they do not bathe or have a phone or an address? Mental Illness is not even cause for homelessness but often the end result. How low can one get before they become desperate,depressed and mentally ill from the continuous battering?
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renee on November 16, 2005 06:36 PM EST writes:
thank you for this. My mother died in a snowbank a few years ago, after spending most of her life homeless. In a conversation she had shortly before her death, she said, "So what if I'm sober? I still live in a damn tent!"

Thank you for writing this, and for experiencing this. May the Lord's grace and mercy be upon you.

renee
www.stumblingtowardfaith.com
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Monica Celnar on November 16, 2005 06:28 PM EST writes:
An inspiring story....

Thank you for taking the time to truly delve into the travesty that is our homeless population today. You highlighted the point that not all homeless people are drug abusers or alcoholics - some are simply down on their luck. And, even if they are drug abusers, they are still human and deserve to be treated kindly. You are an inspiration - and I thank you.
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A Weston alum on November 15, 2005 05:29 AM EST writes:
Marvelous article, Dave. Hope you're doing well.
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THE OLD SARGE on October 3, 2005 10:41 PM EST writes:
WELL WRITTEN, & HONEST. A GOOD JOB, KEEP IT UP.
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