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The homeless hero

A homeless man, Stephen Jones, was one of many heroes in the recent tragedy at the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester. He was sleeping nearby the concert arena when the terrible blast took place and ended the lives of 22 of God’s children. Created in God’s image, designed to love and be loved by friends, family, and others. They are gone now but Mr. Jones didn’t look the other way when the tragic blast took their lives.

No one expects to be awakened by a bomb blast and flying bits of flesh and burning skin. How would any of us respond. Stephen responded beautifully and heroically.

His retelling the story of his experience grips at the heart, helping us understand the horror these people went through.

He told a reporter.

“I then realized what was happening and saw children coming out, screaming and covered in blood. We were having to pull nails and bits of glass out of their arms and faces. They needed the help.”

He went on to say.

“Just because I’m homeless it doesn’t mean that I haven’t got a heart. I’d like to think that someone would come and help me if I needed the help.”

He also spoke of a little girl he saw with no legs. He asked her where her parents were. She told him her father was at work and her mother was “up there”. I can only guess what she meant by that. God help that precious little girl who had her legs tragically taken from her by a man filled with hate. God bless Stephen Jones, the homeless man who walked into the blast area to give aid and comfort to many who were in need.

Let’s remember Stephen the next time we walk past a homeless person.

God help that little girl, her father and mother and the others who have suffered great loss. And Father help those who don’t believe in you and those who will curse your Name because they don’t understand that its us who have done this crime. Its us who have caused the hurt to our world which you gave us.

Give us eyes to see our great sin.

And Father, we are so glad you have taken this angel to be home in heaven and at peace with you.

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We are so sorry

Pastor Doug