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The Homeless Blessing

by Elroy Byam

She was dirty, very dirty.

I was sitting on a swivel chair at Koronet, a pizza shop on the upper west side of Manhattan, New York. We were halfway through filming an upcoming project for Hope Channel, and I was halfway through a giant-sized slice of pizza—Koronet’s specialty.

I heard the homelessness in her voice before I saw her.

“Excuse me, sir, do you have any spare change so I can get something to eat?” I looked to my left and saw my colleague slowly turn his head from side to side. I knew I was next, and quickly turned back to my cheesy triangle.

The tap came faster than expected.

“Excuse me, sir, do you have three dollars so I can get a slice of pizza?” Whatever lived on the other end of perfume was what she smelled of.

“Um . . . sure,” I responded. I hesitated then went into my wallet and pulled out three wrinkly George Washingtons—all three seemed to wrinkle their nose at the newfound smell they discovered.

“Thank you so much.” She smiled and revealed about half the teeth that were warranted. I gently nodded and returned to my meal, when all of a sudden I felt three cold fingers linger on the back of my neck. I wanted to move, but couldn’t bring myself to action.

“May you be well, may you be blessed, may you be blessed, may you be well . . .”

Here I was in the middle of a pizza shop, being publicly exalted by a homeless woman. Three dollars meant the world to her, and for some reason her three fingers would mean more to me.

I twitched for a bit, wanting it to end, and eventually she removed her fingers. Strangely enough, I felt a calming presence. She moved onto her next prospect, who gracefully turned her down.

And I wondered for a moment, if Jesus had returned in rags.

Elroy Byam is a producer for the Hope Channel. He is passionate about taking contemporary Christian ideas from the brain to the broadcast. He enjoys writing, quirky Instagram pics, and outdoor recreation. Elroy is married to his wife, Meika. This was Cross Connection’s November 4, 2014, blog post. Accessed on July 13, 2015, from Cross Connection’s blog: Reprinted by permission.

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