1.The state of being poor; need
2.Scarcity of something needed.
Some days the poverty hits you. Other days it does not. I continue to find that most of the time I am able to keep myself from being wrecked by it. Every so often something will set off the tears and then they just come ... making up for however many days or weeks it has been since I last cried.
The harshest realities are always babies and widows. A hungry 20 year old is very sad, but nothing like a 2 year old boy or a 70 year old woman. The other terribly difficult thing for me personally, is physically handicapped people. I think it is hard living here, and I have a nice big house and water and food. I can walk or drive wherever I need to go. Seeing a man who drags his limp legs behind him while he goes through the market is something I will never be able to see without weeping.
Psalm 113:6-8 Far below him are the heavens and the earth. He stoops to look, and he lifts the poor from the dirt and the needy from the garbage dump. He sets them among princes.
Psalm 72:12 He will rescue the poor when they cry to him; he will help the oppressed, who have no one to defend them.
Romans 8:35-37 Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or are hungry or cold or in danger or threatened with death? ... NO ... overwhelming victory is ours through Christ who loved us.