Encountering 3 Beautiful Souls on Wilson Ave.
I was walking home from work when I ran into three beautiful souls on Wilson Ave. I had a quick chat with each one, and they each gave me permission to post their pics.
#1 Beautiful Soul. Meet Thomas.
Thomas is a man that I’ve known for a few years. He’s frequented our food pantry and soup kitchen. He always seems to have a smile on his face, and he’s always so grateful for anything that Cornerstone is able to give him.
Thomas says he believes in God . . . and I believe him.
#2 Beautiful Soul. Meet David.
David is someone that I hadn’t met before. (But then I can’t be certain of that, my “recall” cannot be trusted anymore.) Still, I introduced myself, and he quickly responded with “Chris, hey, you know that’s my son’s name.” And I said, “Oh yeah, that’s cool.”
We chatted for a few moments, and he told me that he was definitely a believer in God. And he said it with such calm, conviction that nothing more needed to be said.
As I turning to go he said, “Hey, you want to know how my son got his name?”
“Yeah, sure,” I said.
Then he went to tell me about the first girl that he had a crush on in Junior High School. “Her name was Chris,” he said with a smile. “So I thought you might find that interesting.”
“Oh yeah, that is interesting,” I responded, and wished him well.
#3 Beautiful Soul. Meet A.J.
Then I ran into A.J. sitting against our local convenience store building next to his bicycle.
A.J. told me he was 58, and that he no longer ran the streets like he used to. He said he used to drink a lot and live the life of a gigolo.
But then one day he got so wasted that he nearly died. The doctors told him that he had three times the amount of alcohol of a normal “drunk” person in his system.
After that encounter, he said that the Lord had a “serious” talk with him. He decided to get some help and in 2004 he joined Alcoholics Anonymous. He also started going to Uptown Baptist Church from time to time.
“The Lord’s been good to me,” he said. “He’s really taken care of me.”
So on a casual walk home I met three beautiful souls. And all it required was slowing down and engaging these folks for a few moments.
Thanks for stopping by.