Sunday, 1 April 2012

Open Arms

'She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy.' Proverbs 31:20 NIV

Giving to the poor is an instruction in the Bible, but it is more than just writing a cheque. Financially giving is important, but relationships are more so. 

In today's verse we see our proverbs woman extending herself to those in need whether they be poor, sick or old. This is about being a light to someone you know in your community. It may only be a short term need or a call of a longer duration. 

It doesn't need to be something that demands a new skill, it could be offering a skill or gift that you already have, such as gardening or giving a prepared meal. 

Most importantly listen. Very simply ask how you could be of help.


Love, Love, Love said...

A very worthy thought my love...I am going to leave my neighbours little parcels of rhubarb as I have plenty to spare...a small gesture but I think a nice one all the same x

B said...

Hi! I really enjoyed this post - really thought-provoking in a good way. Sometimes it is easier for us to throw money at things than to give our time so it is really good to be challenged in that. Thank you!

B said...

Hi! Thank you - this post is really thought-provoking. Sometimes it is easier to throw money at things than to give our time, so it is really good to be challenged about this. Thank you!

B said...

PS. Apologies if there are hundreds (or a handful) of versions of my comment - I had technical (read user-error) difficulties!

Liz said...

Very good my love, rhubarb is indeed a lovely gesture.

No worries B, I on the other hand had thought I'd published your comments but it seems I hadn't. Sorry for the delay and thank you for commenting, I'm glad you liked it.
Liz x