Spiritual Practice

More Than Our Share

Steve Manchester

Out of ghettos comes the truth
of paupers sent to save
the world from all its evils,
which make each man a slave—
a slave to what he longs for,
to all that’s bought and sold,
to lifetimes spent amassing wealth,
collecting jewels and gold,
forgetting what he came for
while his brothers bend in need,
searching for some kindness,
at least a gentle deed.
But wealth is tough to part with;
compassion’s just as rare.
Some say, “God didn’t give enough!”
God did, but we don’t share.


If you oppress poor people, you insult the God who made them; but kindness shown to the poor is an act of worship.
Proverbs 14:31 (GNT)


Donate clothes, food, or household items to people who need them. Be compassionate and kind to those who long to be loved. Get involved in an outreach program to help the poor in your community. Find ways to be a blessing.

—from devozine (January/February 2006). Copyright © 2005 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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