Just Another Rider 

TrainRiders-79

And so were some of you..

Daylight again, memories fall like rain

Remind you to take it slow
One step at a time, baby
‘Til you find your way
Back to the big show
Places you been
Things that you done
Somehow you’re still on the run

Just another rider
On that train to nowhere
Just another fool
Too far from home
Just another stranger
Tryin’ to get somewhere
Somewhere, but you’re still all alone

Watching the world passin’ you by
‘Cause you tell everybody that you must be cursed
Tell them all how you try, try, try
But your luck keeps gettin’ worse
Seems like such a long long time
Since you’ve had, a little piece of mind

Just another rider
On that train to nowhere
Just another fool too far from home
Just another stranger
Tryin’ to get somewhere
Somewhere but you’re still all alone

Punch your ticket, drop your load
Time for you, time for you to get on board
I know you love it
You know it too
What in the world has become of you
Do you remember, blue skies were shinin’
Money flowed, flowed like wine
You had a real good woman
Yes, she was sure, she was sure enough fine
Storm clouds risin’ in from the sea
Winds are blowin’ cold reality

Just another rider
On that train to nowhere
Just another fool, too far from home
Just another stranger
Tryin’ to get somewhere
Somewhere but you’re still all alone

Just another rider
On that train to nowhere
Just another fool, too far from home
Just another stranger
Tryin’ to get somewhere
Somewhere but you’re still all alone.

Ephesians 2:1-And so were some of you following the course of this world. But God….

Came to change your destination, no longer on a train to nowhere. No more hopelessness, no more curse, no longer alone. Grace and peace hope and forgiveness yours. Yours for the asking. Just another rider no longer your name.

The number of homeless young people is growing everyday. The study cited below estimates that a large number of these homeless young people are female. 

Homelessness among young people is a serious issue. Homeless youth, sometimes referred to as unaccompanied youth, are individuals who lack parental, foster or institutional care.* The National Runaway Switchboard estimates that on any given night there are approximately 1.3 million homeless youth living unsupervised on the streets, in abandoned buildings, with friends or with strangers. Homeless youth are at a higher risk for physical abuse, sexual exploitation, mental health disabilities, substance abuse, and death. It is estimated that 5,000 unaccompanied youth die each year as a result of assault, illness, or suicide.**

From the same report, on a single night in January 2016: There were35,686 unaccompanied homeless youth, roughly 7 percent of the total homeless population and 10 percent of people experiencing homelessness as individuals. Most unaccompanied youth (89 percent, or 31,862 people) were between the ages of 18 and 24.

http://www.ncsl.org/research/human-services/homeless-and-runaway-youth.aspx

Just Another Rider- © Gregg Allman

 

 

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