Inner Circle


Thursday, 28 May 2015

Dear Inner Circle,

Here’s hoping we don’t get a severe fire season next summer because I fear the response of our government will be to disband the fire brigade. It is true that whenever we have fires, those pesky red trucks show up and I’m pretty sure that if we could stop the trucks, we’d solve the problem of fires. While I’m solving the country’s problems, have you considered how hospitals are a black hole for money? Have you seen the way these things attract sick people? They are a veritable honey pot for the sick and by building them, we’re sending the wrong message to the public. Ambulance drivers are akin to people smugglers, making a living on the back of people’s suffering. Surely if we could stop the ambulances, the sick would think twice before flocking to hospitals. Really it should be we who decides who will be sick and the manner in which they will be treated. I can hear the slogans of our next election, stop the boats, stop the firetrucks, stop the ambulances. OK, I’m being stupid but I’m hoping that by laughing, we might see how pathetic is the behaviour of our country in the face of so many people perishing at sea.

A young man, a warmly dressed and articulate fellow with the loveliest face, told me this week that it was addiction that put him on the street. He’s fighting the addiction and it’s a daily struggle. Last week he took all of his money and gave it to World Vision for their work in Nepal. He’d rather starve himself than throw his money away on his wretched addiction. What a struggle and what a beautiful heart is revealed, fighting for life and survival.

We’ve had another run of early deaths and you can see and hear the hearts of our amazing staff and volunteers drop as the news spreads. These people are proof that angels walk among us. A 40 year old man died this week; he was a darling man. He told me he had been head of the SES and this qualified him to direct traffic around Wayside; he said he was a trained paramedic and so he was inclined to take over any medical emergency we might have; he understood building because he had uncles in the trade and so when our building was going up, he spotted all the mistakes and always offered to make things better; he was a lawyer, a professional singer and no matter what kind of problem we were having, he had the qualifications to take over and help. A damaged soul is always looking for something for nothing or in getting the most value for the cheapest price but a beautiful soul is always looking to help. This dear man loved nothing more than being able to help in any small way and he was a fine character who will be missed.

Thanks for being part of our inner circle,

PS. The City 2 Surf is coming up on August 9 and we’d love you to tackle heartbreak hill for Wayside. Like every year, our team will be running together, training together and fundraising together to support the most vulnerable people in our community. Find out more and get involved here.

Rev Graham Long

CEO & Pastor

The Wayside Chapel

Want to receive the Inner Circle directly into your inbox every Thursday? Sign up here.


Be sure to follow Graham on Twitter if you have an account; @waysidepastor

Previous Inner Circles


21 May: You're invited

14 May: Laughing, lying and loving

7 May: The awesome in the ordinary

30 April: Wayside light

23 April: Priceless gifts, freely given

16 April: Good news from the Wayside is great news

9 April: Awesome

2 April: Easter by the Wayside

26 March: Thankful for little things

19 March: A few minutes in the cross

12 March: Seeing what isn't there

5 March : A tour like no other

26 February: Tough love

19 February: Puffing or building

12 February: The two shall become two

5 February: Chest pains

29 January: Shear joy

22 January 2015: Fully alive

15 January 2015: Blessed interruptions

8 January 2015: A glimpse of glory


18 December 2014: Christmas hat in hand

11 December 2014: A little season of goodwill

4 December 2014: There was nothing silent about that night

27 November 2014: It's not about feeling better

20 November 2014: Gathering Moss

13 November 2014: Love the land, love the people

6 November 2014: The power of presence

30 October 2014: Paralysed by presence

23 October 2014: The joy of sight

16 October 2014: The best medicine

9 October 2014: Who would have guessed?

2 October 2014: There's no such thing as a terrorist

21 August: Saving souls

14 August: Squeaking out

7 August: A time for turning

31 July: You're okay

24 July: Happy tears

17 July: Let's aim higher

10 July: Gristle and good

3 July: The joy of not knowing

26 June: If not now, when? If not me, who?

12 June: Longing for riches

5 June: When you least expect it

22 May: Finding home

15 May: Flying

8 May: Tests, triumps and tissues

1 May: Skuse the French

24 April: Lifting the curtain

17 April: Collective love

10 April: Cardiac arrest

3 April: Awe struck

27 March: You're invited to something special

20 March: Rather a prohet than a loss

13 March: It's all happening at the wayside

6 March: Love makes all the difference

27 February: What goes around

20 February: The joy of being empty handed

13 February: Loving the growth spurts

6 February: Mighty glad to be back by the wayside

23 January: Some criminals have class

16 January: Wonderful surprises

9 January: Ready, set


19 December: Thanks for an awesome year

12 December: Mission and wishin'

5 December: The ups and downs and all is well

28 November: Kissed by the community

21 November: Our cup runneth over

14 November: A revelation from wayside

7 November: When excrement happens

31 October: I am therefore I think

24 October: We are surrounded by heroes

17 October: When you least suspect

26 September: A wayside wobbly

19 September: Knowing a gift

12 September: Advancing at the retreat

5 September: A little dose of good

29 August: Fighting with a feather

22 August: The boom is just beginning

15 August: True riches

8 August: Small is beautiful

1 August: Sensitive people miss all the best views

25 July: A whole lot going on at wayside

18 July: Kings Cross a place of courage

27 June: Holy ground

20 June: You cannot take what can only be given



Get Involved