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Saturday, October 25, 2008

Remember the Poor

God's been working on my heart recently on the issue of helping the poor. It started when I read The Justice God is Seeking by worship leader and songwriter David Ruis (He wrote "Every Move I Make"). But I suppose God had planted the seeds in my heart even before the book.

In my newest Boundless article, "Remember the Poor, Part 1," I pass on Ruis' insights on the poor and talk about my own struggle with getting involved. First, I must confront my prejudices.

She had a sweet little voice — one that could have belonged to a girl much younger. "Do you have some money so I could buy some shoes?" she asked.

I glanced down at her. The dark-haired girl sat on the sidewalk with her back against the stone building. Her bare toes peeked out from beneath her muslin, hippie-style skirt. My friend and I were rushing through the chilly Denver rain after spending some time at our favorite bookstore. The day was colder than it should have been for late March.

I mustered a sympathetic smile. "I'm sorry," I said. "I don't have any cash."

I wondered if the girl's request was a ploy. What could sound more pitiful than begging for shoes? Even if I did give her cash, would she spend it on shoes? Probably not, I thought.

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At 8:55 AM, Blogger Becky said...

GREAT article, Suz! I'll have to check out that book.


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