Monday, January 26, 2009

Sad Side of a Down Economy

I read an article today about a 93 year old man who froze to death in his home, because he had run up a huge electric bill and ended up being cut off because he didn't pay. The story is tragic on many fronts. In the end, the power company comes out looking like the villain and that may not be the whole story. Still, in the current economy, cutting an old guy like that some extra slack would have been an honorable thing to do. But other questions are raised in my mind; Could his neighbors have looked out for him a little better? Did he have a Church home? Did his bank ever offer to help him learn to handle his money? Did he just forget to pay?

There is no time like the present to learn to manage money (and utilities) wisely. If you live where there are harsh winters and you know of an elderly person who struggles, check in on them from time to time. Or tell your Church about them. United we Stand.

You can read the entire article HERE.


Niecey said...

That's such an important point to make. Ultimately, I don't think Jesus is going to be asking the electric company why they cut him off. He'll be asking us, "I was cold, why didn't you warm me?"