Thinking about those in need
This is the time of year when Americans most keenly sense the problems of those in need. Do we take our cue from Dickens, Tiny Tim, Bob Cratchett, and Ebenezer Scrooge?
The question of how we treat our needy neighbors seems to become more complicated with each passing legislative session and election cycle. What role does government play in addressing poverty in this richest nation on earth? Is the problem simply too big for churches and charities to effectively handle by themselves?
What do we do about one in four Kansas kids growing up poor? Most of us have never experienced a day in poverty, but we can still empathize with those who’ve lost jobs, homes, and the dignity of self-sufficiency.
We will continue to look for answers because I think Americans are mostly good people with the best intentions.
During this sacred season, most of us don’t mind making “some provision” for those in need.
Our thought for today is from Charles Dickens:
“No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.”