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Saturday, February 22, 2003

Edifier du Jour-Proberbs 14 :31(NASB)
He who oppresses the poor taunts his Maker, But he who is gracious to the needy honors Him.
I was going to go off on a political/economic tangent here, but that's not what's called for here. How do you treat the little guys and gals in your life: the grocery store clerks, the cleaning ladies and the janitors? Do you treat them with respect? Do you talk to them as equals? Do you say hello before they do? Beyond that, do you do things that help the needy beyond writing a small check to a charity now and then? I'm not great on that front; I've thought about helping with an after-school program for poor kids in Lake Wales, but haven't pulled the trigger yet. If your church doesn't have a good outreach to the poor you can help with, check your local help-the-poor parachurch outfit; most towns will have at least one. Your local crisis pregnancy center could need help; not all the women who come through are poor, but many of them are. Tutoring programs or mentoring programs are another avenue; not all the kids are poor, but a large chunk of them will be. I need to read this as much as you do. We've got a lot of ways we could help, but choose not to.

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