Tag: charity

Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday

prayer
Today is Giving Tuesday. Giving Tuesday is the day of the year that people are encouraged to make charitable donations. Giving of themselves to help others. This is also our day to look at a prayer practice. So I wondered, isn't giving of ourselves financially a prayer practice? Scripture from all traditions encourages faithful giving. The third pillar of Islam is charity. Jewish and Christian scripture is replete with descriptions of giving monetarily and ensuring that enough food is left for the poor. “If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him?” (1 John 3:17-18) "Is it not to divide your bread with the hungry And bring the homeless poor into the house; When you see the naked, to cover him; And n
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...

Their Compassion Has Legs

feature article, Hope, Human Condition, Love, peace and justice, Spirituality
“All you need is a sense that there is no such thing as ‘no’ and everything is possible." Moira Kelly This shining face, this sweet spirit with reason to be bitter and yet he is not. He is a hero and pure inspiration. When Naomi Baltuck (Writing Between the Lines/Life from a Writer's POV) posted this video on Facebook, I was as touched as anyone would be. I had to wonder though about his mom. What kind of hero is she, I thought, remembering the heroes of my childhood: Josephine Baker and my spiritual mother, Pearl Buck. Each of these women grew their families in unique - and extraordinarily unselfish - ways. "All my life, I have maintained that the people of the world can learn to live together in peace if they are not brought up in prejudice."  Josephine Baker (1906-1975) Josephine Baker