Sam Riviera is a frequent and popular contributor to this blog. Many of his posts on loving your neighbors and ministering to the homeless are consistently among the most popular articles on this blog.
Sam Riviera is a frequent and popular contributor to this blog. Many of his posts on loving your neighbors and ministering to the homeless have been among the most popular articles on this blog. Here is another one of his heart-wrenching and insightful posts.
To see the image of God in others, we must get to know others. In my experience getting to know people well happens most successfully when we spend time and share space with them, which allows us to interact with them face-to-face, observe who they are and hear their stories.
In this Letter to Dad, Lorene admits that she has become a drug addict and a prostitute. But neither of these were by choice. She wants to escape, but is trapped. She hopes her father will forgive her and help her. If you were her father, what would you do?
If a Hindu told you that if you eat beef you will go to hell, how would you respond? So why are we surprised when non-Christians get offended when Christians tell them to obey the commands of the Bible?
From this letter: I check Facebook. Sometimes I see your posts. I read that you found out I’m gay. Did you really say “He’s better off dead if he’s gay”? What is that supposed to mean? Is that some kind of threat? To your own flesh and blood? You want me dead? Seriously?
Conservative Christian parents tend to throw out kids who go against their religious beliefs. Often the kids run away before their parents figure out the kid is gay, pregnant, using, a thief, etc. The kids are often afraid of how their parents will react. Sometimes they’re embarrassed or ashamed. Almost always they don’t want to talk to their parents about the problem.
These letters to dad, written by Sam Riviera, are real-life accounts of real homeless youth he knows. Hopefully, these letters will encourage parents to think twice about how they treat their children who may not be living according to their expectations.
This is the second letter in the series, Letters To Dad. They are written by Sam Riviera, and are based on the true stories of people he actually knows in real life. This letter is from a woman named Amy, who is now an adult. She calls herself the Ice Queen.
Before you think of condemning an LGBT person, criticizing the homeless on the streets, judging the drug addict on the corner, or disowning a son because he is gay, you need to read this letter from Jason.