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#151: What About the Unfortunate?

Friday, November 27, 2009

There has been a lot in the news today about premier professional golfer Tiger Woods. He allegedly crashed a car into a fire hydrant and then a tree and had to be taken to a hospital to be treated for his injuries. One reporter asked viewers to pray for Woods' recovery.

I admit that Woods is in a class by himself in the golfing world and that his skills award him with millions of dollars in earnings each year. And as a fellow human he deserves positive thoughts and prayers.

But what about the millions of people who have hit bottom and have nowhere to turn for help? They have no money, no food, sometimes no home. They don't qualify for unemployment assistance or food stamps or other help. They have reached the end of their rope and feel as if they can no longer hold on. Forget eye and dental exams, unless they are fortunate enough to get on a free clinic's long waiting list. Soup kitchens? They're a valuable community tool for those able to get there, who have money for gas for their car, if they have a car or bus fare.

Their poverty is palpable. Their futility can be seen in their worn out facial expressions and in the slump of their shoulders. No money, no telephone, no friends or family able to help. They worry as much about food for their pets as for themselves. Often, their pet dog or cat is their only companion and as such provide essential emotional support.

People find themselves doing unimaginable things they wouldn't consider in better times, but they're desperate.

The problems facing many people could be documented further. The point here is that, yes, prayers and good thoughts should go out to Tiger Woods, but what about all of the people who don't have his millions of dollars and his fame?

Will we also pray for them?
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  • no profile photo CD4114015
    Thanks for sharing this, Lou. I so agree with you and all are deserving of our prayers...everyday. Government, Hollywood, poor, terminally ill and it is a good reminder to remember all. But most importantly prayer for those who have not received Jesus as their person Lord and Savior.
    4111 days ago

    Comment edited on: 11/29/2009 11:33:38 AM
    The Bible says a lot about remembering the poor.

    Psalm 41:1
    Blessed is he that considereth the poor: the LORD will deliver him in time of trouble

    Proverbs 14:31
    He that oppresseth the poor reproacheth his Maker: but he that honoureth him hath mercy on the poor.

    Proverbs 19:17
    He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the LORD; and that which he hath given will he pay him again.

    These are just a few.

    4111 days ago
    Yes, they need our Prayers most of all. Thanks for the reminder.
    4112 days ago
    It makes my heart cry when I see the needy out there. It could so easily be ME!

    Yes I pray for them and do what I can to help!

    4112 days ago
    Absolutely. Jesus left neither out, the princes nor the paupers. He is no respecter of persons and we should not be, either. Good point, my friend! You always tickle my consciousness.
    4113 days ago
    Of course we will. The two aren't even related. Most of us wouldn't even know about Tiger had we not just read it here. I know the poor and needy are daily in my prayers and know we can't ever do enough for them, can we, Lou?. Are they not in yours as well?
    4113 days ago
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