…do not keep needy eyes waiting…
do not add to the troubles of an angry mind
nor delay your gift to a beggar.
Sirach 4: verses 1 & 3
Oxford Annotated Bible
“Can you help me,” he asks from where he sits on the beach
been here three days
car won’t run
I want to go home
I look at him. I see pale eyes, a pinched face, uncombed hair and rumpled clothing,
“come with me,” I say
wipes sand from his trousers
walks with me near the water’s edge
We enter a restaurant
“Prepare a sandwich for my friend,” I command
The cook says, “Ma’am, we see people like him in here every day.”
“Fix him lunch son,” I reply.
“It’s not like I’m buying him a car.”
Dear God, Help us to see those in need around us. Help us to be kind to those around us. Amen.