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TODAY'S INSPIRATIONAL THEME: Needing to Give
This page changes each weekday.


    At the top of the Home Page:
    --Open your hand wide
    --A fundamental human need to give

    Midway down the page:
    --The story of the widow's mite.
    --Mother Teresa speaks of charity

    For Prayer Warriors who scroll down:
    --Charity: like a cover from a downpour

           
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          (such a wise person, Anonymous is!)
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If there is among you a poor man of your brethren,
within any of the gates in your land which the Lord your
God is giving you, you shall not harden your heart nor
shut your hand from your poor brother, but you shall
open your hand wide to him and willingly lend him
sufficient for his need, whatever he needs.

You shall surely give to him, and your heart should not
be grieved when you give to him, because for this thing
the Lord your God will bless you in all your works and
in all to which you put your hand. For the poor will never
cease from the land; therefore I command you, saying,
'You shall open your hand wide to your brother, to  your
poor and your needy, in your land.

Deuteronomy 15:7-8, 10-11
Holy Bible
New King James Version
The key to charity lies in understanding that it is not only a gift to the receiver, but
to the giver as well. The need to be charitable is one of the most fundamental human
needs; just as we need food and protection and love, we need to share what has been
given to us. Charity is one of the simplest yet most profound ways to help refine the
material world and unite with your fellow man and with G-d---and, therefore, to fulfill
our cosmic mission. Through charity, we introduce unity into a diverse world...

The power of charity is such that it does not allow you to become immersed in
self-interest. Virtuous acts are indeed, good, and they elevate the soul, but giving
money to charity is the most powerful way to spiritualize the material, for it means
giving a piece of everything that we are---our abilities, our efforts, our ambitions,
our compassion.

From "Toward a Meaningful Life: The Wisdom of the Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson"
By Simon Jacobson
Perennial Currents, 2002
www.meaningfullife.com
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While Jesus was in the Temple, he watched the
rich people dropping their gifts in the collection
box. Then a poor widow came by and dropped in
two small coins. "I tell you the truth," Jesus said,
"this poor widow has given more than all the rest
of them. For they have given a tiny part of their
surplus, but she, poor as she is, has given
everything she has."

Luke 21: 1-4
Holy Bible
New Living Translation
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    The poor give us much more than we give them. They're
    such strong people, living day to day with no food. And they
    never curse, never complain. We don't have to give them pity
    or sympathy. We have so much to learn from them.

    The dying, the cripple, the mental, the unwanted, the unloved--
    they are Jesus in disguise.

    Let us not be satisfied with just giving money. Money is not enough,
    money can  be got, but they need your hearts to love them. So, spread
    your love everywhere you go.
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    The words of
    Mother Teresa
    of Calcutta:
Man will be like a hideout from the wind and
a cover from a downpour, like pools of
water in an arid area, like the shade of a
large rock in a thirsty land.

... a generous man plans generous acts, and
stands for generous acts.

The Stone Edition Tanach
Mesorah Publications, Ltd.
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And now, the Last Word:
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You cannot do a kindness too soon,
for you never know how soon it will be too late.

Anonymous, but appreciated
Bonus quote: The quieter the mind, the more powerful, the
worthier, the deeper, the more telling and more perfect the
prayer is. To the quiet mind all things are possible.

Meister Eckhart (1260-1327)