Like many people of faith, as well as secular persons in the greater Glens Falls community, I am deeply disturbed by the apparent “Code Blue” fiasco. Who is to blame is not my concern. I am concerned that the Code Blue shelter for the homeless, during one of the worst cold periods in decades, is still not available to persons in need. I am also aware that there are at least five large downtown churches that are not, to my knowledge, opening their doors to the needy in this crisis. I realize that none of these churches are licensed to be overnight shelters. I am sure they have liability concerns. However, there is nothing preventing any of them from having overnight prayer vigils for world peace. All persons in the community could be invited to take part. If someone happens to fall asleep, no laws are broken.
It’s wonderful to honor Jesus, and the best way to do that is to do what he says! I would add a verse to the parable in Matthew 25 where he says, “I was hungry and you fed me.” How about, “I was cold, freezing to death, and you invited me in.”
Rev. Clayton Burgess, United Methodist pastor, retired, South Glens Falls