Saul is a complex soul. We have been getting together regularly for several years, and he’s always this mixture of sorrow and hope. We often begin our time together working through some ugliness or disappointment in his life at the time, but we almost always get to a point where he finds his joy, and we part with smiles and long hugs. Saul is not shy about expressing his doubts about God, which come out most strongly when he’s disconnected from his friends. He draws strength from friends who can remind him that he has a purpose and the whole world is not against him. There were several months last year when Saul was homeless, and no matter where we met up he would be hauling these two gigantic suitcases behind him. But, he persevered through that time, just has he has with countless other setbacks, and he is now employed and making enough to keep a roof over his head.