Friday, May 11, 2007


We lie in our beds at night. It is dark. On the dresser is a picture of family or friends. A patch of moonlight catches our clothes thrown over the back of the chair. We can hear the faint rumble of a furnace keeping us warm or an air conditioner keeping us cool. We check on the kids or go to the bathroom. We can walk in the dark because we are in familiar surroundings.

On rainy mornings we are dry. We have shelter. When things are not-so-good in our lives we have a place where we can retreat to lick our wounds and heal. Thousands of people, many of them children, wander the dark streets in search of some corner to lie down shaded from the hot sun or protected from the bitter wind.

Yet we are all homeless in some sense of the word. Even if we have homes we may not totally be at home in them. To be really at home is to be really at peace. With that being said, there can be no peace for any of us until there is some measure of real peace for all of us.

When we close our eyes to the deep needs of other people, whether they live on the streets or under our own roof—and when we close our eyes to our own deep need to reach out to them—we can never be fully at home anywhere.

Tonight, a friend and I are going to explore what it means to be homeless. He and I won’t truly experience homelessness over the course of a night because we will always know that we both have a home to return to when our day is complete. The people on the streets don’t have this. We will share how and what God spoke to us on Sunday morning.

I had a good run this morning. The plan for for Kurt and I to do 12 x 400 @ 75 to 78. The 12 400s were 3 sets of 4 with a 1 minute rest after each rep and a 4 minute recovery jog after each set.The workout went according to plan.

Set 1: 77, 75, 76, 75
Set 2: 76, 74, 77, 77
Set 3: 77, 77, 78, 77

Kurt pretty much school me on the last set -- I wasn't quite able to keep up with him. I almost lost my Nature's Path Blueberry - Soy - Flax cereal and Mango Propel on the 11th 400, but managed to finish without losing any organic cereal or fitness water.

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