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It happened one dark night. I had gone for a drive, worrying about something and trying to clear my head. That’s when I spotted him — an old, homeless man.

It was bitterly cold, and I thought he must be desperate to be out in that weather. I found a drive-thru and brought him hot chili and a sandwich. But I carefully kept my distance, putting the food on the corner opposite him.

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The Rev. Mathews, BA, MDiv, JD, is a faith columnist and the author of “Reaching to God.” Contact her at to join her 1-Minute Bible Study. Copyright © 2023 R.A. Mathews. All rights reserved.

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