While I was out there taking pictures and listening to the speakers at the rally for a return of gospel radio to the metro area’s FM dial in Kelly Ingram Park (click here for the post), I noticed three guys just talking to one of the homeless. They were just sitting on the edge of one of the fountains in the park, talking.
I decided to walk over and find out what they were doing. It turned out that it was a young man and two junior high students that had decided to not sit at home and watch basketball or to figure out who the next coach of the Crimson Tide was going to be. They had decided to just come downtown and see if they could offer some comfort to the homeless on a Saturday afternoon.
There were no huge signs announcing their presence. They probably didn’t expect to get blogged about either. They simply had a stack of cups in their hands, some cookies, something warm to drink and a drive in their hearts to do something right. It struck me because of the constant reminding of the crowd by speakers that Halleljulah FM had been a ministry and not just a station for the community. The oldest of the three had been in seminary at Samford and currently served as a coach at Mountain Brook Junior High School. The two other guys were members at the Cathedral of St. Paul and Cathedral of the Advent, both churches located in downtown Birmingham, Alabama.
The debate about what can be listened to over the airwaves is likely far from over. I would hope that more would feel compelled to do what these guys did with their free time and carry out what should be viewed as an example and model of ministering to those who need it without the frills and hoopla. Sometimes those that quietly do what they feel is right will reap a better reward in the long term.
I have a feeling there will be comments.
Enjoy the day.