I had a moment with Sam(not his real name) a few weeks ago. Sam is a 42 year old man that is very lonely. He is single, lives alone(in the same apartment for 18 years), eats fast food every meal, and has several illnesses. He comes down to the Firehouse a few nights a week. He is a precious man. It is hard to sit and talk with him at times because he can TALK! Sometimes a 15 minute conversation can turn into 2 hours. As we talked, he opened up and shared about his childhood. How he has been ill with many different things his whole life. He was made fun of constantly by peers and never had friends. His entire school career was a living hell. I realized as I sat with him that I was one of his only friends. I had such an overwhelming sense of peace in that moment. I knew that I was in the exact, dead-center of God’s will at that moment. There was no other place on the planet at the moment that I needed to be. Just to be a friend to a lonely man.
Friend to a lonely man