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To those who offer themselves in love to others: let's encourage and support each other!
The "Works of Mercy" Prayer Circle


"Some nights I hold my head and ask myself, and God, what it is I think I'm doing here. We are, in the countless eyes of our critics, a foolishly blind group of idealists, obsessed with band-aid work. No amount of food, clothing, shelter, the "works of


mercy" can stop the flow of desperate people that pours through our door. No amount of love, understanding, patience, giving, can immunize against the cruelty of human nature.

And yet, when I feel we can give no longer, when I want to turn my back on the whole business, when my utter inability to love frightens me so, and the futility of perseverance jeers, then, in that singular moment of brokenness, comes the still, small voice of the spat-upon Christ. And it chides me for thinking I can do this on my own, for hoping I can change people when I cannot even change myself. It shows up my small cold heart which I don't want to see, and then it offers me the redemptive Love of God forever young, which gives of itself, and gives, and gives, and gives and gives, without weighing the benefit, without considering the worthiness of the recipient, without imposing conditions and worldly calculations of immediate results. And in that 'useless' Poverty of Inefficient Love, and only in it, I can go on."


 
SojournerT -7/13/2004
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SojournerT
7/13/2004 04:08

There is difficulty in relationships with others. My prayer for everyone that gives their time to serving others is that their love is transformative and not destructive. May our love, that is both what we feel and what we do, cause positive change in the lives of others, but also in ourselves.


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