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Generosity of Spirit

I am continually surprised by the generous spirit of people I have been coming into contact with lately. Whether it’s a helping hand, a kind word, some financial assistance, or just grace in spirit, I seem to see more of it each day. Even strangers seem to be a little more gracious lately. This is a pleasant surprise that lights up the moments of my days.

I have a couple of theories as to why this may be happening:

1) As I personally generate more lightness, tenderness, and compassion, I receive it as well. This is in line with the Bible’s teachings of giving. (“Give, and it will be given to you. They will pour into your lap a good measure– pressed down, shaken together, and running over. For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return.” Luke 6:38)

2) As times become increasingly difficult for more people, either due to medical bills, loss of jobs, increased costs, etc. we are beginning to understand the plight of others on a more personal level. That understanding is leading to an extra dose of compassion. We are judging each other less and understanding each other more. Difficulty creates a level playing field. And when seeing someone a little worse off than themselves, people are opening their hearts and hands to help.

I know, there are some people who are more bitter – but I think they were bitter anyway. Nothing changes for a dark heart except more darkness.

In these times, these “end times” as some believe, the dark becomes darker and the light becomes lighter.

I challenge us all to beam brightly and tenderly … and be blessed!

Spirit of Compassion, Hands of Service

According to Webster, Compassion: sympathetic consciousness of others’ distress, together with a desire to alleviate it.

This past week has been full of stories of destruction, devastation, death, and displacement due to the multiple tornadoes that ripped through our area on March 2. And the news that FEMA has declined assistance for those in our state who have lost everything has sat heavily on my heart. I am blessed that my family and I were left unscathed. My immediate circle of friends are safe but stories of their family and friends are starting to reach me. There are those who lost loved ones and others who lost both home and work. There are those who are being put out of what little they have left and have nowhere to go. My heart is heavy with  the thought of their despair.

I know that our town and region are just the latest in a long serious of disasters. Whether your area has been affected by tornadoes, hurricanes, tsunamis, earthquakes, or any other disaster, I reach out to you in prayer and with a heart of compassion.

Let us turn compassion into action and action into victory. There are ways we can help. We have excess we can share. We have hands for service and time to provide it. Let us take care of those in need, for indeed, someday it may be us.

Reach out and be blessed!