Thursday, October 29, 2015

One heart parable

A short parable. It's not perfect and doesn't cover everything to do with the topic but it's a small attempt at some things.

Two people came to the town square asking for help with their needs. One was lazy and entitled but still asked for help. The other hard working, down on their luck, and willing to accept any available help.  Various passerby's saw the two petitioners. Some as they passed thought that instead of sitting asking for help they ought to go get jobs. Others didn't notice them at all having previously concluded not to pay beggars any attention. Still others thought that it was the governments responsibility or may be even a church's responsibility to help the less fortunate.  And they passed by.

One day a giver passing by heard the two petitions for aid and looked upon them. To the first the giver rebuked, having known a mutual friend who had often related to him how lazy the person was. The second was helped with ease and and joy and the giver felt no advantage had been taken of him.  He felt good that he wasn't supporting laziness.  The first giver went on his way.

 A second giver passing by saw the first petitioner still asking for help. The second giver gave without thought of reward or the petitioners merit; but while giving felt impressed that an additional level of aid ought to also be given. The second giver cast his eyes upon the petitioner and glimpsed a hidden, and unfulfilled and broken soul who yearned for a better and more fulfilling future.  The second giver shared the impression received while giving.  In a spirit of charity, and compassion, the giver relayed a few other impressions he had and then paused for a response. The two exchanged heartfelt perspectives about life's struggles, difficulties, failures, hopes and desires for the future. By the end they both felt uplifted and as they parted ways they both noted that for a moment their hearts had become one.

Moses 7:18
18 And the Lord called his people Zion, because they were of one heart and one mind, and dwelt in righteousness; and there was no poor among them.

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