Monday, March 28, 2011

A Beggars Purse- Toni Nelson

A small book with a big message. The memories of Toni Nelson as a young child through her life as an adult. Snipets here and there from different memories Toni has of her grandparents reaching out to others. As a child she recalls seeing the Hobo's on the rails, jump off and come to her doorstep where her Grandma would give them a meal.  He marks their doorframe in a code that others recognize as a safe house, where you can get a good meal. Her first encounters with the homeless, and the simple acts of her Grandmother last with her through her life.
The book travels through a move to the country, Toni growing up, getting married and  then comes full circle at the end of the book when she is offering hope to the homeless she meets with a lunch.
It is a very simply written book, but with a message for all in regards to the homeless. We dont have to volunteer at the soup kitchen, or start a homeless shelter, or set up a tent ministry downtown.. we can simply be open to the call of God and when we see someone without, we offer a meal. Not money for their bad habits, but a meal, a smile, and a friendship. Simple, but if everyone would do it, I think the world would be a better place.

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