At the end of the book of Ecclesiastes. Solomon sums up the whole of his teachings. In Chapter 12 verse 13. “The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God, and keep his commandments; for that is the whole duty of everyone. 14. For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every secret thing whether good or evil.”
This goes along so well with the upcoming scripture in Luke. It is the story of John the Baptist teaching about Jesus and when they asked him what to do so they are doing the right thing, and he told them to share with others. I guess that is what we are supposed to do, yet too often we look down on those in need except maybe at Christmas or Thanksgiving and then we forget about them again.
I hope that isn’t how we really are, or how we will continue to be. I hope that we will have compassion if not in a major way, at least with something no matter how small. Even if it is a kindness to someone else. Sometimes a kindness or something small, like a cup of coffee or a bowl of soup is something. A coat, a blanket and pair of gloves would all be great too for those in need. A job when someone is down and out, a meal, a skill perhaps even a recommendation would be helpful. An offer to care for their child or elder so they could have some time off. There are so many ways we can give someone a hand without giving more than we are able. On the other hand, we should give not just from our over abundance and our excess or the items we plan to discard. We need to give from the top of our pile. I tried hard to do that this summer with my garden, but I still am not there. Perhaps someday I will understand what this really means. God’s Blessings be with you today and through the season and the year.