When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap to the very edges of your field, or gather the gleanings of your harvest. You shall not strip your vineyard bare, or gather the fallen grapes of your vineyard; you shall leave them for the poor and the alien: I am the Lord your God.
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The Bible is filled with reminders to care for the poor. Unfortunately, we do need to be reminded. We are quick to take inventory of our money and our possessions. We are convinced that we need more. We never seem to know how to answer the question: "When is enough, enough?" The edges of the field were left for the poor to harvest instead of eeking out a few more bushels of crops for ourselves. The admonition to tithe - to give 10% - often makes people cringe because it sounds like more than we can give. Most churches I know would explode with possibilities for ministry if the majority of their members were giving 10%. We don't because we don't think that we can live on 90%. So the Lord has to remind us from time to time, that 100% of what we have was a gift from the beginning - a gift we are free to share.
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Save us from the poverty of a greedy heart. Amen.