Thursday, March 19

But I say to you, Do not resist an evildoer. But if anyone strikes you on the right cheek, turn the other also. (Matthew 5:39)

This is a story about turning the other cheek.  I remember when I had gotten hurt here at St. Paul's some years back.  A young man attacked me after he had taken drugs he bought with money given to him by one of the ministers to help him.  When the young man returned later that day I could tell he was under the influence of some drugs.  He was sweating profusely, acting agitated and was trying to get into the church.  He attacked me and we scuffled back and forth and I injured myself.  The young man walked away...

About seven months later I returned to work.  One day I noticed a young man walking towards me up  Calumet, when it was still a public street before St. Paul's owned it.   It was a young man and a young woman.  I started walking towards them and the closer I got I noticed that it was the young man who attacked me.  The nearer we came to each other the Iess hatred I felt in my heart towards him.  When I reached them they asked if I had anything they could eat because they were hungry.  So I went and got them something to eat and gave it to them.  The young man didn't even notice I was the guy that he had hurt.

I thank you God for helping me to turn the other cheek with no trouble.

Billy Burks - Your Safety Staff