Stories From The Streets / Birdman
Stories From The Streets - Birdman
Pain. Sadness. Suffering.
The streets are sometimes filled with such sadness and such suffering.
Each week, I take pictures of the unsheltered or underprivileged and before I go to sleep each and every night, I pray. I pray for them individually, and I pray for them collectively. I ask God to love and comfort them and to put a hedge of protection around all of them.
I pray specific and unique prayers for individuals and this week, my heart is heavy and I cry out in prayer to give peace and comfort to a man called Birdman.
Birdman has stage 4 inoperative bone cancer.
Last week, Birdman was admitted into hospice care and told he had just a few precious months of life on this earth. After a few days in the hospital, looking at stark white walls in a sterile and cold environment, he decided to return to the streets to be surrounded by friends and his very best friend, his dog Gizmo.
I'm not going to lie, his choice to spend his last few months on this earth on the streets rather than a safe hospital bed confused and surprised me! How could anyone want to take their last breath of life out on the streets, exposed to the elements and in pain? How could God let something like this happen? Why is there so much pain, sadness and suffering in the world? Why? Why Birdman? Why anyone? Why cancer? Why God? Why?
As I cried and prayed for Birdman I thought of this verse from the Bible and it gave me great comfort and assurance that Birdman was where he needed to be and in good hands.
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have pain and trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
John 16:33 NIV