We often stereotype those who are homeless. We think they are all addicts, or mentally ill. We think that all of them are there because they made really bad choices. We might believe that they are incapable of anything else that would be productive. I wonder if we would be most surprised if we took the time to know their stories and what is in their hearts?
There was a street performer in Liverpool that was recently blown away by a homeless man in a wheelchair. Jonny Walker is a 35-year-old singer/songwriter who has been performing on the streets for the last 15 years. He’s no doubt encountered many interesting people in those years. But never has he been more surprised than when Bernard wheeled up to him hunched over in his chair and asked for the mic.