Wednesday, January 16, 2013

help me help

{needy homeless & hungry}
how many times have we seen someone on the curb holding up a sign like this. i need help because i want to help. please comment~

yesterday i was at the corner of a major intersection & there was a man holding up a sign with the verbiage above. {needy homeless & hungry} of course, i was in the turn lane & missed the light so i pulled up right beside him. i met his eyes, i didn't want to smile or look away so we just looked at each other. i wanted to roll the window down and offer him whatever i had in my wallet & to pray for him. but the moment passed. he moved along the side of the car to the car behind me and down the curb. i saw him go up to the car a few behind mine. i watched him take hold of some money offered him but the person in the car did not let go of his hand. as i looked on i witnessed this man lower his head & i knew he was being prayed over. i missed my opportunity. the light turned green~

Deuteronomy 15:11  
For there will never cease to be poor in the land. Therefore I command you, ‘You shall open wide your hand to your brother, to the needy and to the poor, in your land.’

Matthew 5:42         
Give to the one who begs from you, and do not refuse the one who would borrow from you.

Proverbs 28:27         
Whoever gives to the poor will not want, but he who hides his eyes will get many a curse.

not to mention

 Mark 12:31         
The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”

we have been on the receiving end in our time of need. countless people on their knees for the life of our daughter, her healing, our healing, blankets, gifts, little surprises for our family, financial gifts toward her medical bills, unending support. we know need, but not like the man on the corner.

so what to do? some might say they are lazy, there are shelters, there are job placement centers...

my heart wants to throw him in my car with my five kids, bring him home, feed him & send him to get connected with someone who can get him back on his feet. but that is not safe today~

help me help~
please comment.

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