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Some may remember an experience I shared in our Vineyard Voice newsletter last year. I had begun a personal tradition on Christmas Eve after the Christmas Eve service, of making a large amount of hot cider and taking it to all the homeless I could find on the corners and crevices of town. On this particularly cold Christmas Eve I pulled up along the Palisades bluffs on Ocean Avenue. I began walking down along the bluffs. When I was about a block from my old VW van… I looked back and saw the door was open and someone was in the front. As I approached I caught the intruder by surprise… going through my glove compartment. As he leapt out I discovered he was a young man bearly 20 years old. He was scared and seemed to have a good sense of the consequences of what he had just been caught in the act of doing. I was rather confrontive at first. The potential for police involvement and his arrest was probably running through both our minds. And then I simply said… ...

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