I went to Church Under the Bridge yesterday and spent most of the time talking to a homeless guy who I usually see at the ARCH. He loves to talk, to joke, to relate to people. He talked about how the people are so grabby with the free stuff (they were giving away mittens, hats, etc.), so we talked a little about how change in people's lives only really comes through relationship. He said, "You're right. You've got to listen a lot." He's a hurricane Ike evacuee who's only been in Austin a little while. I wanted to take him to coffee, but everybody else I knew had left at that point and I was so cold all I really wanted to do was go home. I leave encounters like that knowing I've got to respond, but I'm still unsure of (or perhaps unwilling to recognize?) the next step.
Some other things that I've been reflecting on the past few days:
- My friend wrote about being in the defrosting (what I'm calling listening) stage she's in on her blog.
- Sojourners has a list of ideas for a peace and justice Christmas.
- Another friend linked to this photo Advent calendar from the Hubble telescope that will leave you in awe.