Thursday, July 18, 2013

Caregivers to the World

As caregivers to the world - those in whom the love of Christ and the love of people are intertwined - we are called to remain alert to the fabric of human design.  Every person created in the image of God longs to be cared for in tangible ways, whether they realize it or not.  With kindness and consideration becoming less common, we need to preserve these timeless manifestations of simple care.  We can do this by cultivating an increased sensitivity to the gentle power of personal touch.  We can take the initiative to look strangers in the eye and speak a greeting.  We can initiate conversation in the checkout line at the grocery store.  It takes effort to treat fellow human beings with dignity, especially if they don't return it, but this is what it means to give care.

-- Andi Ashworth, Real Love for Real Life: The Art and Work of Caring

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