Thought For Today

The Poor Among Us

But I, being poor, have only my dreams; I have spread my dreams under your feet; Tread softly because you tread on my dreams. -William Butler Yeats


Being poor is not a disease that we can treat or cure.

The poor people in the world are not plagues on society that need to be eradicated.

Being poor is not a choice someone makes, they simply are.

Looking down on the poor does not say much for anyone, think before you act or speak unkindly to them, heaven forbid you should wound up in the same state at some point in your life.  “If a man shuts his ears to the cry of the poor, he too will cry out and not be answered.” Proverbs 21:13

Scripture tells us that the poor are to be cared for:

  • “He who gives to the poor will lack nothing, but he who closes his eyes to them receives many curses.” Proverbs 28:27
  • The righteous care about justice for the poor, but the wicked have no such concern.” Proverbs 29:7


What does love look like? It has the hands to help others. It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy. It has eyes to see misery and want. It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men. That is what love looks like. -Saint Augustine

Don’t give to the poor for show, be sincere at all times with them, it means more than you can imagine.  Never let pride dictate how you interact with the poor, after all pride does go before a fall.  If you give them bread when by yourself don’t withhold it when in the company of your peers.


i may not be strong
but every ounce of strength i have
i will use to hold you
as tightly as i can.

i may not be tall,
but i will take you higher than you have ever been
where there is no color, race, fear, or pain
and all is filled with beauty, love, and hope.

i may not have money,
but i am rich in love, and happiness, and soul
and i will share everything i have with you
each second i am by your side.

i may not have been whole,
but that was only because
i did not have my souls twin to complete me,
i had not yet found myself in you.


Let us remember we are all God’s children and he expects us to care for others as we would ourselves.  So the next time you pass the poor, stop and offer what you can to help because it could have been you if circumstances were different.


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