Three Die in Visalia

Three men were found dead on Tuesday morning–not from gun shot wounds, not from a drive by shooting, not from a drug overdose, not from a gas leak, not from a bar room brawl, and not in a house fire.   Their deaths didn’t make even a blip on the evening news.  I imagine that if their names were Governor Jerry Brown, Donald Trump, and Ted Cruz reports of their demises would have been splashed across the TV world, but alas, no one noticed because the three men were nobodies–nothing more than street people shivering in the cold–old news.  As one well-heeled San Francisco  dowager once snapped when asked about the ‘street people’ in her city,  “It is so distasteful seeing them around.”

While standing in line at the local grocery store, my husband learned of the above men’s deaths from one such individual.  He had been a long distance truck driver bringing in $100,000.00 per year.  His wife became ill and they lost everything.  Worse yet, he developed night blindness so he could no longer drive.

When Richard pumped the man for more information, he said that in such low temperatures their water bottles freeze solid, along with whatever they may be using for pillows.   The homeless shelters are full; police chase them from the city parks.  A cardboard box or curling up in the lee of a shopping cart does little to deter the 20 miles per hour winds.

When I heard about the three men dying in the frigid Central California temperatures last night, I thought of Matthew 25:40 NIV, “The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me…'”

“Lord, the needs are so great.  I’m at a loss. Give me a heart to joyfully do whatever I can for whomever I meet.”


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