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Weblog of Seattle minister to the homeless Rick Reynolds, Operation Nightwatch

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Caring for human beings seems like the best use of my time, homeless or not.

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Jim's Story

This came in the mail yesterday

Hi Rick, Ann, & Staff,

A couple of weeks ago my house was broken into & I was robbed . . . my first such experience. Initially I had typical feelings about it, lots of fear, anxiety, that creepy invaded feeling.

What took me by surprise was that I had very little anger -- rather, I found myself wondering about the thief. What was it that drove him to this? How desperate must he have been?

After many days of wondering "What can I do to prevent this?" and considering home security systems, blockwatch parties, etc, I got a Nightwatch bulletin. Suddenly I had an answer -- it seemed so basic, too easy. . . "Support people & places that help desperate people!"

I'm not saying that the people who come to you are a bunch of thieves -- only that I've had a taste, now, of what desperation can do to a person, what it can drive them to.

Doesn't it make sense to give them a hand? to help keep them from reaching that horrible dark desperate place? I think so.

I need to become a better steward for Nightwatch. Thanks for all you do! JB

What a lift to get a letter like that in the mail. What a great attitude. Having been robbed, it's not easy to deal with. One time I chased a guy out of my house in the middle of the night. God bless you JB! Rick


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