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A Light in August - brotherron
A Light in August

In these hot and noisy days, I long for shade and shadows. I am pulled to the river, the endless promise of renewal and transformation. But here, in the American jungle, it is hot and wet and itchy and prickly. So, we work.

I wash feet.

The homeless people here have such battered and unspeakable feet, so abused by the unforgiving pavement and the rocks along the railroad tracks. Their feet get filthy and cut and blistered. So, I wash their feet and nurse them and cut the nails and put on dry, clean socks. We try to collect used shoes. 

This will not change the world. But I do know this; it changes a day in a life. And perhaps this is all we have. This and the promise of the river, flowing even this minute, the endless flow of water over stones.

Current Location: work
Current Mood: contemplative contemplative
Current Music: Loons crying

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From: swingland Date: August 13th, 2008 04:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
run into any diabetic feet?
brotherron From: brotherron Date: August 13th, 2008 04:47 pm (UTC) (Link)


Yes. Many homeless people are diabetic, for many reasons. And, of course, this presents terrible problems in the feet. We are very blessed to have an amazing podiatrist, Dr. Chris Segler, who comes every Wednesday afternoon. He and some nursed offer excellent medical care for our homeless people. It is an incredible gift.
bearpawly From: bearpawly Date: August 13th, 2008 04:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
Is your title a shout-out to Faulkner? I like that novel.

There is never a shortage of huddled masses. But, there's a constant shortage of saints who will tend them.
daveroxit From: daveroxit Date: August 13th, 2008 07:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
Welcome back, brother Ron.... I've missed you and thought about you often!
From: the_urban_monk Date: August 14th, 2008 01:18 am (UTC) (Link)
Thinking of you, my brother.
ponyboy63 From: ponyboy63 Date: August 14th, 2008 08:12 am (UTC) (Link)
hey man. long time no see!
i hope all is well with you?
brotherron From: brotherron Date: August 22nd, 2008 06:22 pm (UTC) (Link)

How has your week been?

My week has been exhausting and somewhat frustrating. I just turned in my time sheet and I had logged 67 hours this week and 73 hours last week. So, tomorrow I am taking a desperately needed day OFF. I want to rest and read and meditate and soak in the silence. I will perhaps do a little fishing, or perhaps I will simply buy some fish at the market and pretend I caught them...Have a great weekend!
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