by Vern Fein
She’s like Mother Teresa, he like Saint Francis. But those angels appeared a long time ago and I’m telling you this was a couple from the Chicago suburbs who came to our university to study Psychology and discovered something was wrong with humans so they found Jesus Who agreed with them. They wore used clothes and lived as paupers in a small apartment among those who they sought to serve. Giving of themselves, offering a “hand up.” Accompanying their neighbors in a fight for fair treatment when sewage backed up into their homes and struggled for justice for hungry children. No children of their own. Figured out that the Church at large was only giving a pittance to lift up people in poverty as Scripture commands and wrote a book to tell the world about it. Went nowhere and spent nothing except going to McDonald’s on Fridays for a weekly treat. Didn’t save for a funeral and we don’t know what will happen to their ministry when they die soon because they are old now and sometimes their faces seem transfigured. My wife and I are middle class teachers from Chicago who live in a small house. Once our sewer backed up and we hired a local company to fix it, were frugal and gave to the poor, volunteered at that old house, tithed to the church, let our cars go from old to new, went on a few nice vacations, out to nice restaurants some, bought new clothes when we needed them, raised our kids to be successful and are old ourselves now with paid for cremations and money for our kids to inherit.
Vern Fein has publish over 200 poems on over 80 sites, a number of them being Christian-themed.