Monday, December 1, 2008

Need Awareness

'Tis the season when there is a huge thrust by compassionate individuals and organizations to reach a hand out to those who are in need. We see the Salvation Army at every high-traffic retailing center. There are Coat Drives, Toy Drives, Food Drives, Stocking Drives and even Quilt Drives.
I saw a news clip a couple of days ago that brought attention to the huge need and the insufficient resources to help people with Thanksgiving. The number of people waiting in line at a food bank was 2100, I believe, and the line formed all the way around the block!
I have always known, in a broad sense, that people are hurting and the homeless have a miserable existence. I was more aware of their existence around the holidays, but as too what their life is REALLY like? - I didn't really know - UNTIL...I watched the movie "The Stone Pillow". I do not suggest this for families with young children, but for adults it is a 'must see' if you want to gain any kind of insight into what homeless people deal with on an everyday basis. Lucille Ball stars, but it is not a comedy, tho' there are some brief moments when her 'ways' will make you chuckle.
We have so much - and there are so many that have not. Get on board with some organization or pray and ask God what He wants you to do. I sincerely suggest that you do more than 'give' money or things. Get involved. Rub shoulders with and look into the eyes of the people that need your help. Go and share LIFE with those who are poor. You will never be the same again!
Jesus said that the poor will be with us always. He also said that when you give to the poor, you have given to Him; and in Proverbs 14:31 says, "Those who oppress the poor insult their Maker,but helping the poor honors him."
Lord, give us eyes to see and hearts to understand Your heart for the poor and needy. We are ready to step into a realm that is unfamiliar to us in order to bring Your love, grace, peace and joy to those who are looked down on, despised and rejected. We desire to honor You, Lord. Amen"

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