Oh, the cruelty of this wretched society! We live so arrogantly, parading around in our selfish inconsistencies. We are so content with an occasional attempt at ministry and service that we never press on to experience all the love and understanding that may lie on the next path. We forget what we have until we see those who have nothing. We hunger for substance until we meet those who have went without for days so that their loved ones could be filled. We have experienced God’s love and guidance for so long that we are shocked to find those in our own neighborhood who do not know Him. Is love only concern? Is compassion simply an emotion that stems from our heart’s enablement to extend it’s fulfillment? As Christians our live’s cannot be like those of this darkened world. We must not see the poverty stricken family as a burden to society. We must not see the alcoholic or convicted criminal as a poor helpless body at the end of his ropes. Rather than keeping with tradition and disassociating ourselves from the “unacceptable”, we need to start letting the compassionate words and life of Christ guide our lives. If this is done, and only if this is done, we can love. True and pure love can, and will spring out of every smile, flow from every word and sparkle like the finest jewels from our eyes. God, in all His glory and majesty will share His message of hope to the world through our willingness to be used.