A parable rewritten

A homeless man was lying in the road. He’d got in a serious mess and was now begging not for change but for help.

The first person to walk by ignored him. They thought to themselves, “what can I do to help? He probably deserves it anyway, after all, he made the choice to turn to alcohol, cigarettes or illegal drugs.”

The second person to walk by offers to buy him something to eat. The homeless man accepts, but it wasn’t what he was waiting for. Afterwards, he carries on as before.

The third person to walk by gives him enough money to stay in a night shelter. The homeless man accepts, but it wasn’t what he was waiting for. Afterwards, he carries on as before.

The fourth person to walk by offers to take him home where he can have a hot meal and sleep on the couch for the night. The homeless man accepts but it wasn’t what he was waiting for. Afterwards, he carries on as before.

The fifth person to walk by advises him to join a back to work program. The homeless man accepts, but it wasn’t what he was waiting for. He follows the steps for a while, but he slips back into old habits and is kicked off the course for bad behaviour. Afterwards, he carries on as before.

The last person to walk by sits down beside him. They say they’re here to love him and will stay with him . The man smiles and feels at home.

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