Samuel 10:24-26   Thought/Prayer:  Homeless Tribute.  Topics:  2 at end.

Week #      Homeless Tribute           12-22-2011
I Samuel 10:24-26 “And Samuel said to all the people, See ye him whom the LORD hath chosen, that there is none like him among all the people? And all the people shouted, and said, God save the king.  Then Samuel told the people the manner of the kingdom, and wrote it in a book, and laid it up before the LORD. And Samuel sent all the people away, every man to his house. And Saul also went home to Gibeah; and there went with him a band of men, whose hearts God had touched.”  KJV (Read this scripture and more at

After Saul had been chosen by God to be king of Israel, this account mentions that all of the people went home to their houses, as did Saul.  And he took with him men whose hearts were touched by God.  Scriptures like this can make us feel very positive, especially when we think of “home.”  All of these people had homes to go to.  We feel good about this because “home” has many wonderful connotations to its aspect, positive awareness that most of us understand readily.  Even if we don’t have a home, if we’re homeless, still the thought of home may endure, along with longing.  We all know that homesickness only has one cure:  home.

In our town yesterday, there was a memorial service for all of the homeless people who died during the last year, at least 10, the most recent death being just five days earlier, a killing in a park.  Annually, this service is held at the time of the National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day that is co-sponsored by the National Coalition for the Homeless, the National Consumer Advisory Board and the National Health Care for the Homeless Council.  These annual remembrance ceremonies have been held each year since 1990 on or near Dec. 21 – the longest night of the year.

These services are important.  The men and women for whom they are held are important.  King Saul’s size contributed to his perceived importance.  He was a very large, strong man.  Any men (or women) mourned at this service might seem just the opposite: diminished; worn down in size and spirit.  Homelessness seems to destroy importance. 

But they were just as important to our Heavenly Father as Saul.  Of course Saul’s purpose was “larger,” we might say, just as we might say about community and national leaders, spiritual leaders.  But on the scales of the worth of created life, we all have the same weight with God.  We should be very grateful that someone has noticed that the homeless are important to God and should be important to us
The reasons for homelessness are myriad, and those of each person, their own.  Some of these persons being mourned were probably known only to other homeless.  Others have family in our city.  Families are particularly appreciative of this memorial time; their loved ones have not gone unnoticed. 

What has this to do with pro-life issues?  Worth.  It’s all about worth.  God sees every creation of His as bearing worth in this world.  And of course, this fits right in with the worth of the preborn and the worth of those nearing death.  We can see this; we must acknowledge this.

Lord, help us to not forget those who are often overlooked because of the situation they are in, and help us to remember especially those who have no home like Saul and his followers did.  Help us to contribute in some way to their well-being – hopefully before a memorial tribute is needed.  Help us to consider their worth just as much as we consider that of the unborn.  This is important to You, and to us.     

Topics:  Pray for awareness of the worth of the homeless, and ask God if there is something you are supposed to do in regard to this worth.
Pro-Life Action Network


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