You know that feeling you get when you haven’t eaten all day? You get a low grumble in your stomach that eventually turns into a slight cramping pain. The thought of that feeling came to my mind as I spoke to a young 18 year old boy who shared with me that he hadn’t eaten in days.
Of course, our Streets of Omaha volunteer team handed him a sack lunch, but then this boy just sat still, looking at the sandwich he had pulled out of the lunch. After a moment, I asked him why he didn’t want to take a bite. His response stabbed my heart like a knife as he said, “I am trying to decide how much I should eat. I know I will be hungry later.”
As I tried to fight back tears, one of our volunteers asked him if we could hug and pray for him. He agreed, and we each gave him a hug. It was one of the tightest hugs I think I have ever received.
To be continued on Monday, 9/19.
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