I can do my own praying
Several women were visiting an elderly friend who was ill.
After awhile, they rose to leave and told her; “We will keep you in our
“Just wash the dishes in the kitchen,” the ailing woman said, “I can do my own praying.”
Not a permanent solution
Perhaps you’ve heard of Leo Tolstoy the famous Russian author of “War and Peace”.
During his lifetime this man tried to devise a plan to help the poor and homeless of Moscow. He started out by going into the poorest sections of the city and giving money to beggars he found there.
He came to realize that many of these people weren’t actually in need. This was so because some of them claimed that they needed to “purchase a railway ticket home”, but he saw them many days later still begging.
So he tried another tack. He spent months assisting with the census, searching for the ones who truly were “needy”.
He saw the homeless could not be helped merely by “feeding and clothing a thousand people as one feeds and drives under shelter a thousand sheep.”
At last, he sadly concluded: “Of all the people I noted down, I really helped none… I did not find any unfortunates who could be made fortunate by a mere gift of money.”
How true! Today we no doubt have more poor people than there were in his day. But charitable works are not a permanent solution to the problem.
Charity begins and home and all too often ends where it begins. — Horace Smith
A bone to the dog is not charity. Charity is the bone shared with the dog, when you are just a hungry as the dog. — Jack London