Focus Scripture: Psalm 109:16-17
From A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens:
Oh! But he was a tight-fisted hand at the grind- stone, Scrooge! a squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous, old sinner! Hard and sharp as flint, from which no steel had ever struck out generous fire; secret, and self-contained, and solitary as an oyster. The cold within him froze his old features, nipped his pointed nose, shriveled his cheek, stiffened his gait; made his eyes red, his thin lips blue and spoke out shrewdly in his grating voice. A frosty rime was on his head, and on his eyebrows, and his wiry chin. He carried his own low temperature always about with him; he iced his office in the dogdays; and didn't thaw it one degree at Christmas.
When I read the Psalm, I immediately thought of Scrooge. "He never thought of doing a kindness, but hounded to death the poor . . ." That just truly sounds like Scrooge to me.
It seems that in all times and places there have been people who put themselves ahead of others and who seek to victimize those who are already suffering. One of the things God calls on us to do is to protect the suffering so that they are not further victimized.