The following is from a friend of mine who knows "poverty" - both by exposure to the desperate poor and by personal experience - but knows "faith," too. Knows the God of no excuses who somehow sees you through.
Tears fill the eyes of a Mother,
Sure the writing's rough. The language of poverty is rough! The emotions, the circumstances, the choices of poverty defy the imagination, the reasoning, the empathy of those who have not starred into it face-to-face. Lived on its edges. Barely existed in its dredges.
But God has a heart. When what He created and said, "It is good," becomes broken, becomes a tool that beats and batters and undercuts and maims, God has a heart. That's why He favors the poor and does not cast more stones in their way or more condemnation at the condition.
God has compassion for brokenness. Remember His compassion for your sins. Or maybe then you didn't have any sins. Any need for His compassion. Maybe that's why you do have compassion for the poor, for poverty's struggles.
You've known grace. Though many who stand condemned don't recognize their lives, their condition in their sin as a gift of His grace. You've known grace. And that is why, if you do not love the poor -whom He loves, He promises to send your ungrateful, love betraying, God's will betraying self to Deep Punishment. If not in this life, then in the next.
Poetry for Poverty by Jerry Lindholm Flickr.com
NYC contrasts, poverty and richness by © olditaliantree webshots.com
American Poverty by Monroe's Dragonfly Flickr.com
Harman passed out on the sidewalk by © ANGIE8803 webshots.com
The awesome (creepy) homeless man by © kateymsu webshots.com
Poverty by betbele Flickr.com
Poverty-taking-a-bath-bodigaya by © rickiesmind webshot.com