of spoiled or leftover food discarded by crowded neighborhoods that have no waste disposal service. One day as I passed by on my way to work, I saw a mother and daughter from a nearby slum collecting plastic bags and scrap metal they could sell for a few rupees.
When you harvest the grapes in your vineyard, do not go over the vines again. Leave what remains for the foreigner, the fatherless and the widow.
Deuteronomy 24:21 (NIV)
Dark clouds were gathering. Knowing that a downpour was imminent, I wanted to help. I turned my scooter around and headed back home. I returned with some fresh bread and boiled eggs as well as a thick sheet of plastic to shield them from the rain. After hesitantly accepting the gifts, they went back to sorting through the trash and filling up their sacks. I had to rush to work, but I prayed that the little I had done might bring a small bit of hope to their day.
PRAYER: May the poor be guided by your hand and the rich be kind enough to share their resources. May I learn to be generous and kind to everyone who enters my life. Amen.
Anna Carlson [Marshalltown, IA]