A Haiku - Welfare & Humanitarian Aid

A Haiku - Welfare & Humanitarian Aid

I give to the poor.

That loan to the Lord, He pays,

from endless supply.

I cannot be rich while my brother and sister are poor.


USA starts with us.

We have enough and to spare, but some think withholding what they could give makes them richer.The opposite is true. There are those who are rich, but have nothing, and those who seem poor, but are truly rich from sharing what little they have

What could you give, right now, today?

One of my daughters served as a missionary in the Philippines. She learned to speak the Tagolog language. She spent her days, along with her companion, among the people even the Filipinos termed "the poor of the poor."

She quickly learned that, in terms of money or goods, she couldn't give those things to all the people who were in need, but that, in addition to sharing the gospel, she could give everyone the love expressed in her beautiful smile, and give them her time.

We sometimes think that because "we can't solve every problem everywhere" we can be content to do nothing. Inaction cannot result in contentment.

Can you look at a closet with extra clothes, a pantry with extra food, transportation that can take you anywhere, and a job that may meet all your essential needs, and be content knowing that others are poorly clothed, hungry, without work, and unable to afford even a trip to a food kitchen, a doctor or a hospital?

"Handsome is as handsome does." How beautiful are you in God's eyes?

We can be secure, comfortable, pleased with our own lives, and miss the greater joy of helping someone else to be a little more secure, a little more comfortable, a little more pleased with their life, someone who was pleased that you recognized them and took the time to converse, or cast a beautiful smile their way as you passed each other.

By letting someone else do it, we miss the gift that comes from doing what needs to be done.

If Big Brother was doing it, there would be no one for us to help and encourage. Obviously Big Brother is not doing it, or at least not doing enough.

Do you want your country to be strong? Remember how a chain is only as strong as its weakest link, and that a fence is not a fence if any part of the fence is missing.

We can help hold Lady Liberty's light a little higher. We can set an example for the rest of the world. We can be the combined strength of all of us working together. We can still become our own ideal of "One for all, and all for one."

USA starts with us.


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Faithful Daughter 2 years ago from Sunny Florida

There is no greater pleasure in the eyes of God, than to see us caring for the poor. To see God pleased with us, I believe, is the greatest reward one can ever achieve. I enjoyed your hub.

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Perspycacious 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Faithful Daughter - Thank you. I treasure your approval.

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Gypsy Rose Lee 2 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Right now we can count ourselves among the poor here in Latvia and living in the lower rungs. Yet, whenever life and the Lord provides something a bit extra for us I always look to see what I can share because I know that my life will improve and we have our health and a roof over our heads and there are those who have none of that and never will.

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aviannovice 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

Kindness costs nothing, and can do so much.

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Perspycacious 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Gypsy Rose Lee - When you have nothing else to give, give a smile, a pat on the back, and a moment of your time, or share one of your poems just as you do with us. They are all gifts of self.

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Perspycacious 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

aviannovice - "Kindness" could make a good acrostic poem. Give it a try.

I sense you have enough experience with expressing kindness, so put it in a poem.

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Au fait 24 months ago from North Texas

There are television programs to help people who horde 'stuff' let go and clean up their lives, but there seems to be no help for those selfish people who horde money and will never be truly happy until every penny is in their own vaults. Then they will look out over the poverty stricken multitudes self satisfied that they themselves have literally every penny and every material thing in the world.

My Bible says the filthy rich should enjoy their wealth because it is the entirety of their reward. It is easier for a camel (spitting and biting and being stubborn) to get through the eye of a needle than for a rich man (or woman) to get into Heaven. Perhaps it would be easier if they shed some of those material things and used them to help the poor. Indeed, when a rich man asked what he could do to guarantee himself a place in Heaven, since he had already kept all the commandments, Jesus told him, "Sell everything you have and give the proceeds to the poor." Jesus didn't say, "Sell a little of the excess stuff you have that you don't really need and won't miss anyway, and be sure to get a receipt for your taxes."

None of us takes anything with us when we go except our knowledge and our memories. We don't even take the body we came with much less all the stuff we accumulate afterwards. The Bible says everything we have is a gift from God and that we have earned nothing that we have. If you gave one of your children an excess or worldly goods, would you not expect him/her to share with his/her poverty stricken siblings if it came to that?

You make very good points here. Sorry, today seems to be one of my wordy days. :)

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