Scripture for the day is Proverbs 15:15-17, 16:8, 19, 19:1, 22
All the days of the oppressed are wretched,
but the cheerful heart has a continual feast.
Better a little with the fear of the Lord
than great wealth with turmoil.
Better a small serving of vegetables with love
than a fattened calf with hatred.
Better a little with righteousness
than much gain with injustice.
Better to be lowly in spirit along with the oppressed
than to share plunder with the proud.
Better the poor whose walk is blameless
than a fool whose lips are perverse.
What a person desires is unfailing love;
better to be poor than a liar.
After reading and reflecting on the passage, pray saying, Lord, it is easy for us who are not poor to indulge in self-justifying fantasies about those who are. Prevent me from either feeling superior to the poor or forgetting their pain. Any of these attitudes will make me a bad neighbor to those in need. Amen.