Advent: We Are All on a Journey

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Advent: We Are All on a Journey

What type of world are we willing to live in?

The reflection from NPR’s Scott Simon about Jeffrey Hillman and NYC Police Officer Lawrence DePrimo highlights the moral and ethical dilemma we all face in response to those who are in need.  I suspect that all of us have

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Advent: We Are All on a Journey

What type of world are we willing to live in?

The reflection from NPR’s Scott Simon about Jeffrey Hillman and NYC Police Officer Lawrence DePrimo highlights the moral and ethical dilemma we all face in response to those who are in need.  I suspect that all of us have faced “signs at the stop light,” an inquiry about spare change around the metro, or someone who is hungry outside a restaurant while we carryout our excess. Perhaps like me, your responses have varied; but almost without fail, my choices leave my conscious pricked, regardless of what I do or do not do.

I’m not always sure what an appropriate or “adequate” response might be; I’m not even sure there is one.  I’m certainly not willing to posit a ubiquitous intervention.  I do have, however, a few “self imposed” rules; for me, these are only a starting point:

I refuse to NOT notice them or their plea for the sake of my own comfort.  Regardless of what need I “interpret” from their actions, their need and pain is real.  They are a human being and I will look them in the eye with more than a furtive glance.

I do NOT suppose to know what their current situation is or their life has been.  I take them as they present themselves.  I will remember that there have been plenty of times I have stood in need of mercy, by my own actions or simple circumstance.  I’m grateful for the mercy I have received.

I will NOT allow myself to be let off the hook because of what they “might do with my money.”  If I give it to them, it is no longer my money; they can choose what to do with it.  If I am not going to actually get involved in their life, I should be honest about that and not presume to manipulate their choices of what they do with my response to them.

Read more http://whereheartandmindmeet.ccuccatl.com/2012/12/13/advent-we-are-all-on-a-journey/

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