by John Barnett

Liberating Truth
The Power of Scripture Psalm 19 Part # 12
John Barnett
Psalm 19:9b

As you open your copy of God's Divine Truth this morning, turn to Psalm 19:9. History records one tragic life lived off the pathway of truth. Let’s heed it!

Who really cared? His was a routine admission to busy Bellevue Hospital. A charity case, one among hundreds. A bum from the Bowery with a slashed throat. The Bowery...last stop before the morgue. Synonym of filth, loneliness, cheap booze, drugs, and disease.

The derelict’s name was misspelled on the hospital form, but then what good is a name when the guy’s a bum. The age was also incorrect. He was 38, not 39.

The details of what had happened in the predawn of that chilly winter’s morning were fuzzy. Would it have made any difference if she and those who treated him had known who he was? Probably so.

His recent past was the antithesis of his earlier years. The Bowery became the dead–end street of an incredible life. But all that was over. A 25 cent–a–night flop house had rooms you hear about, but never want to see...full of stinking humanity too miserable to describe. He was one among many. Like all the rest, he now lived only to drink. His health was gone and he was starving. On that icy January morning before the sun had crept over New York’s skyline, a shell of a man who looked twice his age staggered to the wash basin and fell. The basin toppled, shattered.

He was found lying in a heap, naked and bleeding from a deep gash in his throat. His forehead was badly bruised and he was semiconscious. A doctor was called, no one special––remember, this was the Bowery. He used black sewing thread somebody found to suture the wound. That would do. All the while the bum begged for a drink. A buddy shared the bottom of a rum bottle to calm his nerves.

He was dumped in a paddy wagon and dropped off at Bellevue Hospital, where he would languish, unable to eat for three days. ...

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