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Proverbs 31:6-9

Give strong drink to one who is perishing,
and wine to those in bitter distress;
let them drink and forget their poverty,
and remember their misery no more.
Speak out for those who cannot speak,
for the rights of all the destitute.
Speak out, judge righteously,
defend the rights of the poor and needy.

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  • flat

    or to put it more simple: try to do the right thing

  • The second half is inspiring, convicting and sets a higher standard for being a good person.

    The first half is awesome! (As long as nobody become addicted to the strong drink, then there’s even more problems)

  • friendly reader

    Clearly the writer was talking about grape juice. ;)

  • Ben Franklin said it best: Beer is proof God loves us and wants us to be happy.
    Someone was bound to say that.

  • Twig

    I was a jerk to the needy this weekend.  I shouldn’t have been, but she was mentally ill and I was scared.  I hate being a coward.

  • Jessica_R

    I’m not religious, but if there is an afterlife I hope it’s like an open invitation house party. A beautiful old, crumbling Victorian mansion in the country on the edge of the city. Fireflies are dotting the grassy meadow behind the house, and the city lights are visible in the distance. 

    There’s beer, wine, and soda pop in glass bottles. There’s paper lanterns and Christmas lights strung up everywhere. The butcher’s block table in the kitchen is overflowing with  food. There’s dancing in the living room, there’s a group playing in the pool in the courtyard, there are couples taking in quiet bay windows. Their are children running in wild circles outside with sparklers in their hands.

    And if you want a moment alone there’s a widow’s walk on the roof where you can nurse a drink and read by the light of the candles and take the whole thing in.

  • Albanaeon

     So I just got an argument against the whole “they’ll just go get alcohol”  excuse.

    Bible tells me to.

    Ah the irony…

  • Jessica_R

    My response to that is, it’s my money to do what I please with, and when or if I give it them it’s now theirs to do what the please with. And moreover, if I was living on the street trying to survive the cold, the heat, not knowing where my next meal was coming from, I’d want something to take the edge off too. 

  • LoneWolf343

     Man, I do hope that Heaven means drinking all the Dr Pepper I want.

    Throwback Dr Pepper.

  • Jessica_R

    Oh definitely, I should clarify that cane sugar sweetened pop only will be offered. Speaking of, the Safeway started carrying cane sugar Sprites too so now Sprite tastes like it used to when I was a kid.

  • Tricksterson

    Was she acting threatening?

  • Grumble. 

    Aside from milk, there is no reason any beverage should have calories.

  • Mark Z.

    Orange juice?

    Kumis? (I’ve never had kumis. Anyone have a recipe for it?)

  • Jessica_R

    Ah but I figure in the afterlife, if it’s any kind of worthy afterlife, you don’t have to worry about calories anymore.

  • Anonymous

    I, at least, can take the Pepsi challenge and always pick out artificial sweeteners from real ones.  I can sometimes get cane sugar vs. corn syrup; not always, but I’ve done it before.

    I never drink diet soda.  If I’m on a diet, I just drink water.

  • veejayem

    That sounds perfect! But of course there’d have to be dogs …

  • Guest

    Aw, man! That’s a familiar situation and I feel your pain. For what it’s worth, one does get better at handling such things – slowly and unsteadily, but genuinely.

    So, generic words of encouragement.

  • PJ Evans

     I figure cats will show up to be scritched by their people.

  • Tricksterson

    I figure cats have their own subkingdom that they control access to.

  • Turcano

    1. Get horse milk.
    2. Add brewer’s yeast.
    3. ???
    4. PROFIT (or not, as the case may be)

  • Sgt. Pepper’s Bleeding Heart

    My response to that is, it’s my money to do what I please with, and when or if I give it them it’s now theirs to do what the please with.

    St John Chrystostom and others who don’t get quoted much in this age of consumerist Christianity said that the goods of one’s excess rightfully belong to the poor. So if someone whose needs are already met* donates money, they’re just giving the poor what was theirs to begin with.

    *which may or may not be you–I’m speaking generally here

  • Twig

     No, not directly hostile but extremely irrational and paranoid.  Looking to use a phone, and I didn’t let her borrow mine because I really couldn’t tell if she was actually going to call someone or what might happen next, or who might have my number if someone did pick up and I didn’t want to get involved.  Which was not good of me.  I should have tried to help.

  •  I have agoraphobia and anxiety disorder, so I’m even worse at handling such situations.

  • Tricksterson

    Sounds to me like a reasoable reaction to a stranger asking for your phone.  especially if she didn’t say why she needed it (or gave a reason that didn’t make sense.)