Do not ignore it

A friend of mine who lives in the Philippines reminded me of this pain, not so much of the difficulties they were enduring but with the fear that they might be ignored.  Then with all the help and support and prayers that equalled the flood that was devastating, the people were able to deal with their natural disaster and are putting their lives back together.  May this Christmas be a time of comfort and peace for those who lost loved one and a time of reflection of grace and mercy for those who were spared loss.

I also think of this when I pass someone on the street asking for money.  I have seen the con artists “set up shop.”  I really want to ignore them and again, a friend who just started working downtown found herself in the same dilemma and also chose to ignore them. That is until she shared this with someone who has worked downtown most of his life.  He carries anywhere from 10 to 20 dollars in loonies and toonies with him and does not pass one person asking for money without giving them something.

If we duly regard the golden rule of doing to others as we would they should do unto us, then we begin to realize that what we have is not really ours anyways.  The character of God reflects the attitude of community, reaching out to our neighbours, and to be ready to do good.

We know not how soon we may have occasion for help.

What I like to remember too is that also means that there are boundaries for this kind of giving.  The issue is not the giving its the ignoring.

So lets not ignore our families and friends either – our gift of love matters.

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4 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Joyce de vivre on December 24, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    God bless your heart Evan. Thanks for sharing this post…

    Reply

  2. Posted by Joyce de vivre on December 24, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    Reblogged this on Featured Scribbles and commented:
    Thank you Evan, God bless you richly…

    Reply

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