‘Whoever mocks the poor shows contempt for their Maker’, we read in Proverbs 17:5, and ‘Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will repay him for his deed’, is found in Proverbs 19:7.
Whatever else these verses may say, they certainly tell us that the Lord has a heart for the poor.
Working in a dental surgery brings one into contact with all strata of society, from the occasional homeless person to the equally occasional sitting member of the upper house. I had both ‘on my books’, though the majority were ‘ordinary people’ like myself. Well, I consider myself ordinary.
Our local Full Gospel Businessmen’s Fellowship helps feed the homeless one day a month, and I found myself sitting at a table chatting to Charlie and Sam (Not their real names. Charlie was a fellow and Sam was a lady) on Tuesday this week.
Charlie was married with three children, but ‘started fantasizing’. He did not elaborate, but went on to say that he did a terrible thing, and was put in jail for some time. “I deserved it,” he said, but shared that the widespread publicity left him feeling very humiliated and still ashamed. Now he is homeless and alone.
Sam chipped in, “We went the King’s church last Sunday. We arrived 40 minutes late, and they still let us in. And they gave us dinner. There was a praise time, and some people were jumping up and down with their hands in the air, so we did the same, didn’t we Charlie.”
They both said that their dormant faith had been re-awakened. I asked if I could pray with them. They immediately bowed their heads, and I thanked God for these two lovely people – my brother and my sister. I do hope I meet them again.