15 January 2010 ~ 2 Comments

Worlds Apart

For 7 or 8 months now, our life group has been heading out to San Lorenzo park about once a month for a barbeque.
We show up with the BBQ, 2 big jugs of water and lemonade, and about 50 burgers and 50 dogs.
Then we share the food with whoever’s around and just get to know the people, many of whom are living in the park or nearby streets.

We chose San Lorenzo specifically because of it’s reputation for being a place that many homeless hang out.
There is a dynamic that I’ve noticed as we’ve hung out there that fascinates me.
At the park, in addition to a market that happens during part of the year (and that has a story in and of itself, but we’ll save it for a different blog), there is a lawn bowling court.  (is it called a court?)

If I were to stereotype the typical users of the lawn bowling facility, it would be primarily well of older white people.
Between this crowd and the shady homeless crowd is noting but a chain link fence.
In essence, they are standing within feet of each other, but they really couldn’t be further apart.
One group hardly even acknowledges the existence of the other.
Here’s a few pictures I snapped trying to an image of the divide:

I wonder, how often do we walk through life, walk right by people in need or people just not like us, and even though our eyes are wide open we choose not to see the humanity around us.

We’ll be out at San Lorenzo again tomorrow at 11:30 (provided it doesn’t rain).
Feel free to come and hang with us!

I leave you with the lyrics of a song from the musical Big River.

Worlds Apart
I see the same stars through my window
That you see through yours
But we’re worlds apart
Worlds apart
And I see the same skies through brown eyes
That you see through blue
But we’re worlds apart, worlds apart

Just like the earth, just like the sun
Two worlds together are better than one
I see the sun rise in your eyes
That you see in mine
But we’re worlds apart, worlds apart

I see the friendship in you eyes
That you see in mine
But we’re worlds apart, worlds apart
Together, but worlds apart

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