For he shall rescue the poor when he cries out,
and the afflicted when he has no one to help him.
He shall have pity for the lowly and the poor;
the lives of the poor he shall save.
Yesterday, I shared that my favorite image of Jesus is Jesus The Teacher. I haven’t been able to shake that concept since I typed those words. I found great joy in my own teaching career and I am pleased that Jesus and I have this vocation in common. I suppose the similarities end there as Jesus’ curriculum extended far beyond my own. Nonetheless, I’ve decided to turn to what I know best to ease myself and hopefully a few of you into New Year 2015.
I’ve discovered that my best attempts to improve take root when I concern myself with others. Since I hope to ease my judgmental ways out of existence, this concern must remain positive. So it is that I will draw from the most important basics of my career as a reading teacher to focus my efforts: The ABCs. Every day, I will allow a letter to guide me to the joy and the goodness within myself and within those around me. I begin at the beginning with A.
A is for Abundance. Each of us is a treasure-trove to ourselves and to one another. We are filled with abundant gifts which no one possesses in the same configuration as we do. It is up to us to look within for our own abundance and to share it generously with those we have been given to love. It is also up to us to find and to acknowledge the abundance in others that they may do the same.
Loving God, the most important work Jesus The Teacher did was to recognize the abundance in the needy souls before him. Help us to show in all that we say and do that we have learned this lesson well.
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