A few Sundays ago in church, we heard one of my favorite Bible passages from the Book of Proverbs, about a virtuous wife. This part really speaks to me:
"She obtains wool and flax and works with loving hands. She puts her hands to the distaff, and her fingers ply the spindle. She reaches out her hands to the poor, and extends her arms to the needy..."
On Monday, as on most Mondays, I drive my daughter back to college, 45 minutes away in Richmond, Virginia. When we get off the highway in Richmond, there are 5 or 6 stoplights to go through before we reach her dorm; and at every stoplight, there is a different rough-looking man, holding a cardboard sign that says something like "Hungry, please help". If we happen to be near the front of the line at the stoplight, the man walks slowly past our car, looking right at us, holding his sign prominently. I've always looked straight ahead, ignoring them as much as possible, and feeling very uncomfortable.
But not any more!! I've decided to do something for them. Apparently, the standard thing to do is to wave a dollar out your car window, and the man will come over and get it (I saw that happen this week).
When I got home, I pulled out the cash box that I haven't touched since I stopped doing craft shows a couple of years ago, and lookie what I found:
MONEY MONEY MONEY!!!!!!
Those are all the one-dollar bills I had for making change in my craft booth. I had no idea I had so much money sitting around--it looks like about $100 in ones.
So here's my plan: I want to give each person I encounter $2, plus a snack (they must get hungry and thirsty standing there for hours on end); I will bag it up like this: