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“The Cry of the Poor”

I know what it is to be poor. I grew up in a family of five children with an alcoholic father, but with a devout Christian mother. She was an example to all of us kids by her love, faithfulness, and giving. With her little check each month, she tithed first and then gave to the poor… she never realized she was poor, too.

We think we are bad off, due to the inflation, economy, rising prices, but no one suffers more than the poor. We live in Haiti, where we hear unbelievable stories every day, and we try not to ever “turn away a real need.” One day, when we had come back to the States on business, I went to McDonald’s to get a cup of coffee. A young lady was waiting on me and she was “short tempered” and not friendly. But I could see in her eyes that she had a lot of problems in her life, and she was poor, indeed. When she finally gave me my coffee, I paid for it and then slipped her a $20 bill. I grabbed her hand, smiled at her, and said, “You are doing a good job. It’s going to be okay! Thank you very much!” She glanced in her hand and was almost speechless, as she had tears in her eyes. It seemed as though she had just received a million dollars. It wasn’t the money, as much as the fact that “someone cared!”

The Bible says, “Whoso stoppeth his ears at the cry of the poor, he also shall cry himself, but shall not be heard.” (Proverbs 21:13) No matter if we are in Haiti, or in the States, or wherever we are, we must always learn to “listen with our hearts” to the cry of the poor.

Have a blessed day!


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