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).
Posted on June 2, 2012, in God Moments and tagged begging for money, character training, lost and homeless, pity for the poor, Proverbs 22:6, respect for others, sympathy, training children. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.