“They lavish gifts on the poor–a generosity that goes on, and on, and on.” Psalm 112: 9 (The Message Bible)
Today we hear a lot about entitlements. I’m not fond of the sound of this word. Do I really think anyone has the right to receive anything he or she does not work for, invest in? No and yes. All over the world, people are willing to accept the privilege of entitlements, gifts, or the generosity of faith-based organizations while contributed nothing back. But it is not my job to judge their acts. Then there are good citizens, like my mother-in-law, who lost her husband at the age of fifty-four and had to give up her night-shift job to stay home and take care of her eleven-year old son and a dependent-for-life daughter. She lived out her life meagerly, existing from SS check to SS check. It is my job to feel blessed.
After my mother-in-law began to receive Social Security, my husband and I understood how giving the government our fair share of funding for Social Security was an investment. We were raising our own family, and there wasn’t enough cash at the end of the month to help support Glen’s mother and siblings. Government “entitlement” gave us a sense of security.
Lord, help us willingly share gifts on the poor beyond the deductions from our paychecks for Social Security. Amen.