When there’s a strong inclination to parse the measure of our compassion according to conditions we have that must be met, there’s a strong inclination to become like those who walk around and ignore the sufferer in the famous parable.


Or as Mr. Watts wrote,

“… the dutiful manner in which it [monarchical christianity] breeds resentment in the giver and receiver alike, for when one gives with reluctance the other receives with guilt.”


“We are a small, mostly elderly congregation. Realistically, our ability to help is limited. But the church mice took the cause up with a fire. Within the space of two weeks, we had collected an astonishing amount of supplies for the family: aspirin, personal care products, two toilet plungers (no idea how that happened), pots, pans, plates, silverware, pillows, sheets, blankets, furniture, gift cards and on and on. Friends of the congregation and their relatives wanted to help. A bag of donations showed up on the doorstep unsolicited. We had so many offers to help that I had to graciously turn people down.”

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Author: Arthur Ruger

Married and in a wonderful relationship. Retired Social Worker, Veteran, writer, author, blogger, musician,. Lives in Coeur D' Alene, Idaho

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