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The Good Shepherd.

The Good Shepherd.

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Published by Spiritus_Films
A homeless woman is transformed by God on a sidewalk.
A homeless woman is transformed by God on a sidewalk.

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Published by: Spiritus_Films on Oct 21, 2013
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The good shepherd.On a hot summer day in Houston, TX a Lutheran minister showed up to the sidewalk of a PlannedParenthood abortion clinic wearing a white clerical collar. He stood 6
5 and looked more like a defensivelineman for the Houston Texans football team. He was one of the tallest pastors I had ever seen in mylife.We were all very happy to see him and I said to him,
Thank you for showing up. You
ll be surprised atthe ministries you
ll encounter on the sidewalk.
 A then a woman began weeping loudly behind him. We turned and saw a middle aged homeless womanholding a porcelain baby in her arms that a friend of mine always brought with her.As she rocked the baby in her arms she told the minister that she had aborted two of her own babies inthe abortuary behind us. She said she was an alcoholic and to my untrained eye she looked very close todeath
s door. She was also missing her front tooth that she had recently lost in a jail fight.For the next three hours this man ministered to the homeless woman.And after they had hugged and she left he turned to me and said,
Wow
you weren
t kidding about theministering were you? You barely finished the sentence and it started.
 I didn
t need to ask him to come back. He became a regular visitor to the sidewalk.He was eventually called away to a church in California. And I eventually moved away too.One day I was sitting in my living room thinking back on that day and reflecting on how God had trulyworked a miracle in that homeless woman
s life.And then I realized I had forgotten to tell the pastor how the story ended.Many months later, it might have been as long as a year
I was standing on the same sidewalk and awoman in a flower dress came walking toward me. She was smiling brightly as if he she knew me, but I
dnever seen this woman before
 –
or so I thought.As she got closer she said,
Don
t you recognize me?
 To my amazement it was the homeless woman! Only she wasn
t homeless anymore and she wasn
tmissing any teeth.She told me that her life had changed on the sidewalk that day. She had given her life to God and shewas no longer homeless or an alcoholic. And she had come back to say thank you.I was stunned at the transformation
 –
both physically and spiritually. The Bible says,
And be notconformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove whatis that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
 
 –
Romans 12:2

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