Try some kindness for less fortunate

Tue, 02/21/2006 - 4:37pm
By: Letters to the ...

Through no fault of our own, many of us are out of work, severely underemployed, working as temps, or working multiple jobs. We soon go through all that we have, and do whatever it takes to pay bills and hang on to what we have worked so hard to have. We must survive with no medical benefits, retirement plans, to hope and pray that we do not become ill, the car keeps running, and our home stays intact.

We have witnessed the heartwarming outpouring of kindness and generosity for man and pets around the world, that is most admirable and commendable; many of these efforts continue today, long after the natural disaster(s).

The question this raises: have you looked next door? Chances are there is someone, a neighbor, a person alone, a single mom, a widow, someone you know that could use your help right here and right now.

It appears that charity has grown cold in the hearts of many. Some folks seem to have taken it upon themselves to judge those in need and how they handle their personal business before lending a helping hand.

If someone is not your personal definition of need, then you assume there is no real need, they are liars, not worthy, or using the system.

Admittedly, there are those who take advantage of the system; however, there are many others in need that won’t ask for the help, they simply continue to struggle and struggle and struggle.

For some, these words will be familiar, “Then they also shall answer him, saying: Lord, when did we see thee hungry, or thirsty, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister to thee? Then He shall answer them, saying: ‘Amen, I say to you, as long as you did it not to one of these least, neither did you do it to Me.’”

The sin of omission is great; if you are blessed, please bless another. If you know of a need, or anticipate a need, please do what you can to help fill that need or to find some who can. In giving, you will receive so much more; please do not harden your hearts, nor close your hand.

I chose to remain anonymous; as I am one of those in need, it would be embarrassing.

If I thought that my words could somehow help someone somewhere along the way, then I will have accomplished my mission.

Name withheld

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