I love the idea of community; I also love to write about community. In my daily meditations this morning, I read Proverbs 19:1 – Better is the poor that walketh in his integrity. I am also reminded of the parable about the woman placing her two coins I the synagogue offering. There is nothing closer to God’s truth than living God’s word.

I think of how we in Virginia care for the poor of the world. We don’t! being a student of human history, I am aware that I have many neighbors a who live in a desperate state of need. And, when I think of my human brothers and sisters all around the world who live on a smidgeon more than a dollar a day, I am truly embarrassed to live in a country that seems to put the subjugation of the poor to a lower status than it already is.

I give Five or ten dollars to the poor begging at intersections; I apologize for not giving more; I am not a rich person, although I live on much more than a dollar a day. So, I serve God. My wife and I have for years worked to ease the life of those less fortunate; but now we are older and must leave that for younger people. So, I pray. I know when I pray, I pray for God to give me the strength to write (and He hears me), to write to those in charge to look seriously at the condition of the poor in Virgina, The United States, and the world. I am sickened by our leaders’ allowing multi-billion-dollar corporations the laws allowing them to pay no taxes, which could well go to improve housing, education, and salaries of those oppressed in our world.

I get disheartened when I hear that we are a Christian nation . . . really?

© Russell Kendall Carter

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