Primitive religion is not believed, it is danced!

Arthur Darby Nock

Earth's crammed with heaven,
And every common bush afire with God;
And only he who sees takes off his shoes;
The rest sit round it and pluck blackberries.

Elizabeth Browning

Saturday, January 28, 2017

True Love

“We will not just say, "I love him very much," but instead, "I will do something so that he will suffer less." The mind of compassion is truly present when it is effective in removing another person's suffering.”
― Thich Nhat Hanh, Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life

“You are in my thoughts and prayers”

“I am thinking about you!”

How often we mouth
In all sincerity
Such words of compassion

We talk about our concern for the poor
Our anger over oppression and injustice
Our empathy for those whose hearts are broken

And there is true power in our concern

But ultimately compassion is action.
Compassion moves.
It doesn’t stand still.

Compassion becomes mercy
It becomes forgiveness,
And generosity

It becomes more than just a sympathetic word
It becomes presence
And kind action

Stomachs filled
Clothes given
Housing procured

Kindness is a tender gift from one soul to another
A momentous gesture that eases suffering
And can never be erased
From the heart of God

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