In the Bible, God demonstrates an undeniable, loving concern for the poor and marginalized.
They are valued in his sight.
Psalm 140:12 comes to mind: “I know that the Lord will maintain the cause of the afflicted, and will execute justice for the needy.”
And since God cares about the poor and marginalized, he wants his people to do the same.
The way we do this is often through formal giving campaigns. Maybe you give money to a certain charity that helps the homeless. Maybe you support a food kitchen. Maybe you give to your local street centre. Even a portion of your tax dollars goes toward programs that help people who are suffering in some way.
Supporting these initiatives is good. But today I’d like to suggest something else as well.
Talk to someone.
Many times I’ve had the chance to talk to someone who would be considered “the poor and marginalized.” The temptation is to rush past, or give and run. And I realize that sometimes you’re in a hurry.
But there are times when just slowing down and sharing some words injects compassion and dignity into your interaction.
Will it mean you can solve all their problems? Of course not. Will you occasionally stumble onto topics that you have no experience talking about or are uncomfortable with? Probably. And you certainly need to be sure you’re in a safe situation and not at risk.
But caring for the poor and marginalized isn’t always limited to physical needs.
There are times when just slowing down and sharing some words injects compassion and dignity into your interaction.
Not only will you be a blessing to someone else, but they just might be a blessing to you as well.
By Matthew Ruttan
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