Life is like a Kodak Gray Scale that is used in photography and film making. Lives may not be so much pure black or white but are lived in the in-betweens of black and white, teetering between good and bad, secure and insecure.
A woman holds a tattered cardboard sign asking for spare change at a busy intersection.
Nearby, a weary-looking man wearing well-worn clothing pushes a shopping cart containing a single black trash bag. I suspect the over-stuffed trash bag holds his life’s belongings.
Two people, living in-between secure and insecure. How many others are living in-between, attempting to survive the insecure, fighting to get to something secure.
Spare change. Black trash bags. Tattered cardboard signs. Tonight’s local weather forecast predicts chilling temperatures. No county homeless shelter exists where this woman or weary man might go to stay warm. What will they do?
“There was once a man traveling from Jerusalem to Jericho. On the way he was attacked by robbers. They took his clothes, beat him up, and went off leaving him half-dead. Luckily, a priest was on his way down the same road, but when he saw him he angled across to the other side. Then a Levite religious man showed up; he also avoided the injured man. A Samaritan traveling the road came on him. When he saw the man’s condition, his heart went out to him. He gave him first aid, disinfecting and bandaging his wounds. Then he lifted him onto his donkey, led him to an inn, and made him comfortable. In the morning he took out two silver coins and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, ‘Take good care of him. If it costs any more, put it on my bill—I’ll pay you on my way back.’ What do you think? Which of the three became a neighbor to the man attacked by robbers? ‘The one who treated him kindly,’ the religion scholar responded. Jesus said, Go and do the same.” (The Good Samaritan from the Gospel of Luke, 10:30-37, The Message)