Pity the Poor

Sympathy and Pity for the Poor

I really believe the scripture, “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it,” Proverbs 22:6.  Character training and respect for others must start at a young age through good examples and spiritual training by responsible and mature adults.  Whenever my grand daughter and I see a homeless person, I tell her that person, whether a lone man or woman,  has a family somewhere- maybe parents, siblings, cousins, other relatives, but they have become lost and detached from their family somehow.  Last Christmas I went with her and her sister and parents’  church group to serve a dinner at a homeless shelter.  She is 10 years old and she had a profound realization that the families there “were like normal people!”  How many adults can make that admission?

When she was 9 years old we went to a nearby park to give away beanies to the folks living there.  We thought they should have our colorful crocheted yarn head warmers for the cool evenings.  She cheerfully passed them out, and even gave them to a happy couple sitting on a park bench!  Just last weekend, we saw a homeless woman sitting outside the church building where we had attended a graduation program.  We asked her if we could get her something to eat.  She looked up and nodded.  My grand daughter quickly returned to the social hall and fixed her a plate of food.

Now contrast what I have just described with my grown nephew whom we visited in Shanghai a few years ago.  A decent looking man with a young son were begging on a crowded sidewalk.  He yelled at him, “WHY DON’T YOU GET A JOB?”

Well, this is the point:  “Love is patient, love is kind”. . . (1Cor 13:4 NIV).

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About Shofar/Liz

I have a Christian blogsite-'God's Enduring Love' at https://heulu.wordpress.com with 'Words of Encouragement from the Bible and Liz's Journal'. Also, an art blogsite-'Art with Aloha' at http://artwithaloha.wordpress.com 'A Journal About Art and Life. I use acrylic and oil paints, graphite pencils and pen and ink.

Posted on June 2, 2012, in God Moments and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Mimi Suchinroj

    Hi Liz,
    Thank you to give me this link this morning in WOW:D
    I am very happy to understand and learn more about God’s love and words.
    I added this link in my internet Favorite, so that I can easily get here.
    Praise the Lord that I have so many opportunities to seek God’s kingdom.

    Mahalo & Aloha,
    Mimi from FCCC

  2. seamistandmagnolias

    Yes, God’s Word is very clear on how we are to treat the poor. Sadly, the numbers of homeless are increasing at a rapid rate in the US and other parts of the world as the worldwide economy worsens. And, hopefully, God’s people will be there to help them in their time of need! ~ Ellan

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