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Faith Focus: Through the looking glass

Since the beginning of time, multitudes of people have suffered silently in poverty. For many, they’ve been easy to overlook.

That may no longer be the case, according to a new study conducted by the United Way ALICE Project. Encountering someone who is struggling financially may be as simple as dropping a child off at day care, visiting with an administrative assistant or chatting with a cashier.

Plenty of Americans who live above the poverty line are just barely subsisting there, including those many who serve in the positions listed above. Roughly 43 percent of U.S. households don't earn enough to afford a monthly budget that includes housing, food, child care, health care, transportation and a cell phone.

Knowing how pervasive economic struggles are, we’re left with a moral decision of how to respond. Will we continue to overlook those around us who may need help? Or will we engage them through ministries to help like Buckner Family Hope Centers?

Lord, will you open our eyes to the needs of those around us and the wisdom of how to respond? In the words of Brandon Heath:

“Give me your eyes for just one second
Give me your eyes so I can see,
Everything that I keep missing,
Give me your love for humanity.
Give me your arms for the broken-hearted
The ones that are far beyond my reach.
Give me your heart for the ones forgotten.
Give me your eyes so I can see.”

If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth. 1 John 3:17-18

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