Pro­vid­ing help to the less for­tu­nate

The Compass - - OPINION -

My word. How can one not comment on the col­umns in the May 7, 2013 edi­tion of The Com­pass re­gard­ing the home­less in our area?

All any one of us needs is to be caught off guard in a change in the weather, wind, rain or snow to feel the re­sults of be­ing wet and cold. Then hunger be­comes real when we miss a meal or two for what­ever rea­son.

We have to per­son­ally rec­og­nize th­ese con­di­tions are very real to some of your fel­low cit­i­zens, and judge our­selves ac­cord­ingly and then go to the proper places of con­cern and help out. Some of th­ese in­clude the UTurn Cen­tre, Open Door Min­istries, and more.

When met face-to-face with an in­di­vid­ual in th­ese dire straits, if we have the re­sources, the money for a good meal or a night in a warm room wouldn’t go astray.

I’m so glad that Ali­cia Hop­kins ended her col­umn with a quote from Je­sus of Nazareth. I’ll add an­other quote from my dear godly grand­mother: “There, but for the grace of God, go I,” which was re­peated to me many times in my young adult years and taken from an­other well-known per­son.

As is pointed out in the Bi­ble, we are our brother’s keeper, whether we want to ac­cept it or not. As Chris­tians, the choice has al­ready been made for us. Love for our fel­low cit­i­zens deems this to be part of our walk with each other and with the Lord. — Joy French-Cole­man writes from

Har­bour Grace

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