SUFFICIENT UNTO THE DAY
Laurie Brown, her boyfriend and cohorts have experienced a trail of temporary shelter including particularly hard nights sleeping in a vehicle or storage unit.
The “homeless” are not a unified group as to where they are at any given moment. The annual HUD Point in Time count is the only official picture we have of the United States homeless population. Its criticism of an undercount may be justified.
The Point in Time count is held in January, with the hope that more people will be in official shelters to be counted. However, itinerant people may often be holed up in places the surveyors don’t check, such as storage units, abandoned structures, and pop-up church shelters. The count does not include temporary shelter in a motel room or the common practice of “doubling up” where people without permanent housing stay temporarily with friends or family.
I met Laurie, her boyfriend Michael Brady and friends Angel Davis and her boyfriend David Nelson at a one-night per week church shelter. They chose to pool their intermittent monetary resources and individual personal resources in hope they would succeed in finding permanent housing more easily and quickly than they could do in separation.
During a conversation amongst the group at the Travel Inn motel, Laurie said that what she dwelled upon for comfort was the biblical passage Matthew 6:26-34 which reads:
26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.? 28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.