7. A brief moment with an impoverished man named Mack who became my friend.

Two years ago, my father had the opportunity to meet a man named Mack. He was digging through a dumpster on a cold night looking for cans as my father pulled up to talk with him. Aluminum cans weren’t all Mack was looking for as he told my father he had been searching for Christ for several years. My dad told Mack that Jesus had been looking for him too, and that night they found each other on the parking lot.

My father and I were able to visit Mack again during the Thanksgiving holiday. We wanted to spend some time talking with him to see how he is doing in his walk with Christ. As my father and I followed him on his route to the first dumpster of the day, we were able to hear from his heart. He still has an assurance of his salvation and he mentioned trying to share with others that he comes into contact with during the day. He has an unbelievable joy in his heart and an optimistic view of eternity. When I asked Mack who he is, he replied, “I’m just a person who was born into this world from the grace of God. I don’t live a perfect life….I may be down and out. I may live in poverty, but in my heart I’m rich because I have the gift of God and I have a strong faith that will carry me until the end of my life.”

As the holiday season continues we plan to participate in other random acts of kindness throughout the community. Also we hope to visit Mack more in the coming months and continue to bless him by meeting some of his needs. We’ve found through that in our visits, we end up being the ones blessed the most by Mack and his faith.

Proverbs 14:31
“He that oppresseth the poor reproacheth his Maker: but he that honoureth Him hath mercy on the poor.”

Sarah Hobbs