Today I’ve been reminded more than once that what I get to do with my life is such a gift.

Tonight I was walking downtown by myself to get some infamously amazing nachos from Horsehead and I ran into a young man that comes through the Drop In named Jack. (The young man in the picture is not Jack, but another awesome old school Hosea youth I had the pleasure of running into.)

Anyway-

I said “Hi Jack! How are you!?”

And he replied, “Not good! I am dealing with some stuff in my brain and I am feeling angry because no one will listen to me!” (Jack deals with some struggles around his mental health.)

So I sat and listened!!

This is where the blessing flows for me…

I was given the pleasure of being someone that gets to create space for Jack to have a voice, to be heard and for him to feel known. What an honor to care for the people that wander our streets feeling lost, misplaced, misunderstood and alone. Thank you Jesus for continuing to bring the people and resources that make moments like this possible. I believe Jesus wanders our streets with His people and what an honor and a privilege it is to wander with them and Him!

After this, Jesus went out and saw a tax collector by the name of Levi sitting at his tax booth. “Follow me,” Jesus said to him, and Levi got up, left everything and followed him.
Then Levi held a great banquet for Jesus at his house, and a large crowd of tax collectors and others were eating with them. But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law who belonged to their sect complained to his disciples, “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?”

Jesus answered them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”

Luke 5:27-32

Jesus made space for everyone to sit at the table! Thankful He invites us to sit at that very table!

~ Tauna Nelson, Director of the Drop-In Center

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