The Prayer service which I enable at Resurrection House (a day shelter for homeless people in SRQ) was unusually sombre today.
Ramon Z died a few days ago. He was a somewhat “vague around the edges” man in his sixties who had gone over to Lakeland. FL (maybe 50 miles away), where he died after being hit by a car as he crossed a busy road
Ron J is on life support in Tampa. He is not expected to live. He was involved in an altercation with two other homeless folks - a bitter fight about a safe place to sleep. Ron J was beaten up so badly that he will probably not survive.
Howard W. (another Res. House guest) has been arrested in connection with this beating.A third person is being sought by the police.
The probable truth is that Ron J., Howard K., and the third person were as drunk as drunk can be.
That in no way excuses the violence.
Nonetheless the “also homeless” friends of Ron, Howard and person # 3; and of Ramon Z, were in genuine grief today.
Grief knows no boundaries. I bore that in mind as we prayed together this morning.