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But the greatest of these is charity.

November 9, 2012 , , ,

Charity

We are asked to give in many ways. It is important today to regognize one of the meanings of the word charity. Charity bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things, according to Paul.  This charity is the virtue of charity, not at all the same as the generosity and giving of gifts.  This charity is the one that thinks of all other people charitably, or with kindness.  We have been on a rampage of enemy creation around here.  The enemy is not a group of people you don’t know, or another nation you can not even locate on a map, as you may believe.  The enemy is your very own inability to be patient and kind, and think of all strangers charitably.

It is an internal rather than an external practice.  Your tax exempt giving does not exempt you from generating kindness and compassion for strangers.  Your participation in public service does not give you a pass when it comes to being patient and loving.  Your bright and shiny holiday lights do not prove that you are in some positive spirit, but only  a willingness to electrically decorate. Loving kindness is a state that can only be shared.  This year as you budget your end of the year donations, find willingness in your practice to think kindly of others you have never met.  Do your part to keep the nation from hurdling off the charitable cliff.  I am not asking you to do the difficult job of thinking kindly of people you know and think are incredible jerks.  Start with something easy, like political parties, Europeans, the Congress of the United States,or other groups of perceived enemies about which you honestly know nothing.  Just love them up and start to bring the concept closer to home as you get stronger in your ability to be patient and kind.

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Beautiful sentiment. It does take real strength to be patient and kind. In a time of such divisiveness, thanks for the reminder that we should love others as we love ourselves.

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Cindy

November 12, 2012

Thanks, Cindy. We need more focus on this kind of charity.

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