Jesus told us---"The poor will be with you always"--which might cause the question---Why? And this statement is repeated in three of the Gospels--so it bears great importance. Perhaps they are among us for good reason. Perhaps it is not all about them--but our response to them. For some it certainly is a choice--but I have met many a family while volunteering that this is not the life they would prefer. They are desperately seeking a boost to get back into the real world and out of the dorm life of the shelter. The mission is doing an excellent job of giving them that arm up to self sufficiency.
The purpose of this post is not all I have said to this point, but instead--
IF YOU HAD TO LIVE LIKE THE HOMELESS
WHAT WOULD BE IN YOUR BAG?
If you were limited to only the possessions you could carry, what would you take with you? Knowing that you would be responsible for physically carrying it all---what would be important? This gives new meaning to minimalism. I do not have an answer for you--the intent is for you to think it over---I have done a great deal of thinking since I saw this poor woman last night.
If you had to choose, what would make the cut?
For you always have the poor with you,
but you will not always have me.