A song from a long time ago and about another country - but it still remains an appropriate reflection when we consider how we react to being confronted with homelessness. (4 mins 49 secs)
Ever felt uncomfortable when people beg in the street? Ever avoid making eye contact?
This is a poem by Benjamin Zephaniah which challenges us to see all people as human beings: (1 min 26 secs)
God of compassion,
your love for humanity was revealed in Jesus,
whose earthly life began in the poverty of a stable
and ended in the pain and isolation of the cross:
we hold before you those who are homeless and cold
especially in this bitter weather.
Draw near and comfort them in spirit
and bless those who work to provide them
with shelter, food and friendship.
We ask this in Jesus' name.