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Spiritual Practice of Giving

The Spirituality of Giving

The Spirituality of Giving

Poverty, Spiritual Practice of Giving, Theology
I learned a new word when I was watching a movie a few days ago. Apparently the word "tzedakah" means charity in Judaism. I don't remember ever hearing it before, but when I googled it to learn more, I found out that it is considered a religious obligation, rather than being a form of voluntary giving. Even poor people are expected to perform tzedakah. I've been pondering the idea of the kind of assistance that the government gives to people in need. It's an obligation that some people resent and others don't understand the necessity for. I have been feeling rather frustrated about this until I happened on the concept of the "deserving poor" in my reading. Then I remembered learning about the eight levels of giving when I studied social work. The fear of giving to someone who is "und...
A Thanksgiving Prayer? – Prayerful Tuesday

A Thanksgiving Prayer? – Prayerful Tuesday

Abundance, anger, Broken Heart, Comfort, comforter, Compassion, conflict, Creation, Creator, dance, faith, faithfulness, Fear, gift, gift of Gods, God, Gospel of Matthew, Grace, Gratitude, Grief, hate, Healing, Holy Mystery, justice, kindness, Lament, Love, mercy, prayer, Refugee's, Spiritual Practice of Giving, spiritual practices, Thanksgiving
for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, Matthew 25:35 Giver of abundant gifts, on this Thanksgiving we celebrate . . . we celebrate. Ah what are we celebrating God?  It seems to me that we have nothing to celebrate, nothing to be thankful for, except empty hearts and soulless comments. Too many children are dying before our eyes on beaches, in stormy seas, in mountain passes, and refugee camps.  Too many are blinded by their fears, unable to see the path to your love.  I don’t know God, I can’t really think of something to be thankful for this year, you see my eyes are clouded with tears and my heart is screaming in pain for those who are being denied entry into our so called circle of love.  By the...

The Spiritual Practice of Giving – Prayerful Tuesday

Abundance, awareness, Blessings, community, Creativity, faithfulness, Food, Grace, Gratitude, Holy Mystery, homeless, Hope, Human Condition, justice, Love, peace, prayer, remembrance, Rituals, Spiritual Practice of Giving, spiritual practices, Spirituality, Thanksgiving, Uncategorized, Wholeness
I am one of many people who do not look forward to Thanksgiving or Christmas.  To me this time of the year represents the loss of way to many people I have cared about.  So I usually don’t do much celebration and what I do is forced and tiring.  Instead of celebrating the way most people do I have always used this time of year for reflection and giving to those in need. All year round I practice the Spiritual Practice of giving, donating to those who are in need, but at this time of the year it takes on new meaning and helps with the depression I get every year. I practice this in many different ways; collecting food for the Food Bank, going through my closet and donating clothes I haven’t worn all year to Goodwill or the Salvation army, volunteer at a shelter, gather up grocery bags of...