Archie. He was not famous enough to make into your local news paper, he didn’t even make our front page. He was not rich enough to make the national news or the talk shows.
Archie died. He wasn’t mourned by family. He wasn’t mourned by fans or the paparazzi.
Archie jumped off a bridge into the icy waters of a Wisconsin river. His note said there wasn’t any hope for him. None of you probably new Archie, and I must confess, I didn’t know him either. Not personally. You see Archie was homeless, jobless, and hopeless. He funeral was attended by those he did know other homeless men and some of the members of our local men’s homeless shelter.
This week, those homeless men and that shelter are using our church facility as a home. I can’t help but wonder if Archie’s life would have turned out different if I had taken the time to get to know him, to tell him there is always hope.
As I contemplate God’s Word I am constantly confronted with Jesus intentional intervention. He locked eyes with the likes of Mary the prostitute, Zaccheus the tax collector, Judas the traitor, and the thief on the cross. If he was so willing to live and die for these individuals, shouldn’t I be willing to at the very least know a man like Archie in my own town? You see every time Jesus looked at an individual, no matter there past, present, or even their future he saw and individual worth giving his life for. In fact, Jesus defined love by his death. Check it out in 1 John 3:16-18 you won’t be disappointed.
So here is your chance to get to know the Archie in your town before the opportunity is swept away.
What are you doing to fight homelessness in your own community?
But I can’t help but wonder,