Love can seldom be conveyed without some tangible manifestation, without being put into action. The need for real love is a spiritual need, but it must be manifested physically.
People not only need to hear about true love, they need to see it. They need to see love put into action. It’s like that poem by Edgar A. Guest, which says: I’d rather see a sermon, than to hear one any day. I’d rather one would walk with me than merely tell the way.
It’s human nature to sometimes confuse the words you say, but there’s no confusion when others see love put into practice.—D.B.B.
Every man feels instinctively that all the beautiful sentiments in the world weigh less than a single lovely action.—James Russell Lowell
Wherever there is another human being, there is an opportunity to show love.—Author unknown
The kindness catalyst
The man had just been released from prison after serving a three-year sentence for embezzlement. Back in his hometown of Darlington, England, for the first time, he braced himself for the ostracism he expected to receive. On his first morning out, he and Darlington’s mayor, John Morel, happened to pass on the street. “Hello,” said the mayor in a cheerful tone. “I’m glad to see you! How are you?” The other man appeared ill at ease, and the conversation ended in an awkward silence.
Years later, Mr. Morel and the other man—by this time an upstanding and productive citizen—met in another town. “I want to thank you for what you did for me when I came out of prison,” the man said.
“What did I do?” asked the mayor.
“You spoke a kind word to me that changed my life,” replied the grateful man.—Retold by K.P.
A little boost
A little push when the road is steep
May take one up the hill.
A little prayer when the clouds hang low
May bring the soul a thrill.
A little lift when the load bears down
May help one to succeed.
A little pull when the will slows down
May help one gain his speed.
A little clasp from a hand that’s kind
May lift from crushing care.
A little word from a voice that’s sweet
May save one from despair.
A little smile when the heart is sad
May bring a sunbeam in.
A loving word when the spirit droops
May help one rise and win.
A little love for a soul that’s lost
May help him seek God’s grace.
A little tear and a “God bless you”
May brighten someone’s face.
A little deed from a Christian’s heart
May bless a weary soul.
A little boost when the battle’s hard
May take one to his goal.—Walter E. Isenhour
I expect to pass through this world but once. Any good thing therefore that I can do, or any kindness that I can show to any fellow-creature, let me do it now; let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.—Stephen Grellet
There is a light in this world, a healing spirit more powerful than any darkness we may encounter. We sometimes lose sight of this force when there is suffering and too much pain. Then suddenly, the spirit will emerge through the lives of ordinary people who hear a call and answer in extraordinary ways.—Mother Teresa