Mac Davis wrote one of the best sermons I've ever heard. It starts with the birth of a child on a cold and gray morning. The mother cries because she knows she can't provide for her child.

Without "a helping hand" he grows up to be an angry young man, who steals because "his hunger burns."

The speaker asks us whether we are too blind to see or do we simply choose to look the other way. Bob Dylan said that the "answer is blowin' in the wind." Maybe some are too blind to see. I've heard that President Reagan said "there are no homeless in America."

The sermon written by Davis ends on another cold and gray morning with the birth of another child and another mother crying, for the same reasons.

The sermon is both classical and stoic. The death of any person, child or adult, peasant or president, is insignificant in the great scheme of things and suffering is inevitable.

The sermon is only about two and a half minutes long and was "preached" by Elvis Presley. Listen one more time to "In the Ghetto" by Mac Davis.

Jim Bridges

Elizabeth City