On this Thanksgiving Day, I am thankful for the privilege of having personal stories shared with me by addicted and homeless men and women as many of them bear witness to their Christian Faith. Here is one example which I share with you as a parable:
The sidewalk garden had been tended by its loving gardener. This gardener took care of the garden’s every need. One day, an uninvited gardener turned the soil of this beautiful garden and planted a seed. The garden and its loving gardener were saddened by this violation. Within a short time, the garden realized that the seed was starting to grow. The garden told its loving gardener who continued to care for and love the garden. The garden then told some of the other sidewalk gardens. Most said, “Remove that sprouted seed before it has a chance to bloom.”
This garden said “I believe that my creator would not want me to do that. The unauthorized gardener and the sprouted seed in my soil are two distinct beings. I will allow this flower to grow and to bloom. When the time has come for this flower to bloom, I will allow another more established and healthier garden to raise my flower as its own. My creator will guide my heart and give me the strength that I need during this time.”
And so the sidewalk garden continues on this Thanksgiving Day to tend to the needs of this sprouted seed and the loving gardener continues to tend to the needs of its beautiful sidewalk garden as they await the blooming of this flower in a couple of months.
In Mid December 2017, the flower bloomed, that is to say, Nicola's son was born and was named after two men of the Bible. He was placed in the legal custody of her parents. Nicola and her boyfriend continued to live on the streets of Kensington. In March 2018, they were sponsored to go to detox and rehab. Once life gets straightened out, they plan to be married.
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