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It happened on one of those raw December days that
make people wish they had shopped in July. Icy winds
whipped through the streets. Hunched on a sidewalk
bench sat an unshaven man. He wore a threadbare
jacket and shoes with no socks. He had folded a brown
paper bag around his neck to keep out the biting wind.
One shopper paused, saddened by the man. Such a pity,
she thought, wishing there was something she could do.
While the shopper lingered, a little girl, eleven or twelve
years old, walked by and spotted the frostbitten figure on
the bench. Wrapped around the little girl's neck was a
bright red woolen scarf. She stopped beside the man,
unwrapped her scarf and draped it about his neck.
The child walked on. The man rubbed the warm wool.
And the shopper crept away, wishing she had been
the one to give the scarf.
I was that shopper and I learned something that day. There
is always something to give --- a touch, a smile, a prayer,
a kind word, a red scarf.
Excerpted from "Firstlight," by Sue Monk Kidd
And Jesus answering said, "A certain man went down
from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which
stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed,
leaving him half dead.
And by chance there came down a certain priest that way:
and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.
And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and
look on him, and passed by on the other side.
But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where
he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on
him, and went to him, and bound up his wounds,
pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast,
and brought him to an inn, and took care of him.
And on the morrow when he departed, he took out
two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto
him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest
more, when I come again, I will repay thee.
Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was
neighbor unto him that fell among the thieves?"
And he said, He that shewed mercy on him.
Then said Jesus unto him, "Go, and do likewise."
Luke 10: 30-37
King James Version
One word, one action, or one
thought can reduce another person's
suffering and being him joy. One word
can give comfort and confidence, destroy
doubt, help someone avoid a mistake,
reconcile a conflict, open the door to
liberation, or show him the way to success
and happiness. One action can save a
person's life, or help him take advantage
of a rare opportunity. One thought can do
the same, because thoughts lead to words
and action. If love and compassion are
in our hearts, every thought, word,
and deed can bring about a miracle.
Excerpted from "Thich Nhat Hanh: Essential Writings"
Orbis Gooks, 2004
Giving frees us to care. It produces an air of
expectancy as we anticipate what God will lead
us to give. It makes life with God an adventure
of discovery. We are being used to help make a
difference in the world, and that is worth
living for and giving for.
Excerpted from "Seeking the Kingdom,"
by Richard J. Foster
Lord, your divine Compassion for your children
links us, one to another, like a beautiful string of pearls.
Today let us be infused with healing compassion for those
with whom we will interact. May we truly see them,
hear them, breathe their air and touch the very skin
of their inner being, so that we are moved, not to pity nor
sympathy for them, but to deep compassion. And as we
share in their sufferings and their joys, let our thoughts
become loving actions. May our spiritual caress and
gentle physical touch comfort and lift your children.
Filled with your Love, may we be drawn ever closer
to you, Lord. Let us become a holy temple for you, a
dwelling place for you on earth. Finally, Lord, may
we rejoice that we, too, live ever-immersed
in your eternal, tender compassion.
And now the Last Word:
Compassion is daring to acknowledge our mutual
destiny so that we might all move forward all together
into the land which God is showing us.
Henri J. M. Nouwen (1932-1996)
Dutch priest and author of over 40 books
Far away there in the sunshine are my
highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but
I can look up and see their beauty, believe in
them, and try to follow where they lead.
Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888)