As North Africa heats up, people are disappearing from the streets to hide in their houses with drawn shades and fans.
But there are some who cannot hide.
Like the homeless sub-Saharan African man reclining in the shadow of a doorway. The despair in his eyes tore my heart.
Even worse is seeing that same despair in the face of a child. Like today, when I passed a family: a disabled father and a young mother with a toddler strapped to her back. The boy’s face was stricken with hopelessness.
I have so much. And I’m not talking about money. I’m talking about hope. Even in the valley, I can still see the mountain.
But what about them? What do they see beyond the next moment? What would cause them to lift their heads?
Tricked by hope
The child is weeping because there is nothing, not even a horizon. His mother's heart will not hear because it won't be tricked by hope. And every man's disrobed dream sinks in the mire of the present. Life is nothing and beyond nothing is the dark that dogs every moment. Do we hear them? They're clawing at the gates of hell, believing there's nothing better.