Tuesday, April 23, 2013

The Terrible Sickness of Feeling Unloved

"There are many medicines and cures for all kinds of sick people.  But unless kind hands are given in service and generous hearts are given in love, I do not think there can ever be any cure for the terrible sickness of feeling unloved.

It may happen that a mere smile, a short visit, lighting a lamp, writing a letter for a blind man, carrying a bucket of charcoal, offering a pair of sandals, reading the newspaper for someone- something small, very small- may, in fact, be our love of God in action.  Listening, when no one else volunteers to listen, is no doubt a very noble thing."

In the midst of our busy lives, are we keeping something in our reserves so that we can reach out and give of ourselves in love?  As we pour ourselves into our responsibilities, families and gardens this spring, let us keep our eyes wide open for those moments when we can show others (even in very little ways) that they are loved.

If our lives are full to overflowing, will we be tuned in to these moments?  In what way can we free up time and energy to be available to do the small things?

"There are many people who can do big things, but there are very few people who will do the small things."

- both quotes courtesy of Mother Teresa

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1 comment:

  1. you spoke to my heart today - I realize also that I feel loved too by doing those small things also


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