“Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.”
1 Peter 4:8
I met a man named “Gismo” who was a drifter. Originally from Kansas City, Gismo chose to
leave his former life as an auto mechanic around three years ago. Ever since this time, he has been roaming with his faithful companion, a huge dog. I was initially impressed by his dog, stopped to pet him, and then struck up conversation with Gismo that lasted some time afterwards. Trying to dig into his world, I wanted to know more about the subculture that he lived in. How did he live day to day and what about the dog and others? His life actually made me think of how the disciples roamed from one city to another to give a message of hope and reconciliation to a lost and dying world. Gismo, however, did not have a message. I asked Gismo if he was hungry, and I had my son go and get him a salad. It hit the spot with him, and he was grateful. In closing my conversation with him, I asked him if I could pray for him. I asked our Lord to give him a new back and a knee (both of which were causing him problems). I also asked our Lord to make Himself manifest in Gismo’s life and bless and protect him in his journey. Pretty certain, but Gismo had hunches that I was a Christian, and he was waiting for a punch line at some point in our conversation. A punch line could have deflated every gesture of kindness made and invalidated my whole conversation and time spent with him. No, Gismo only received love (without any strings)….