Monday, March 16, 2009

farthing of a kind word...

It is a fact that we human creatures often come only by necessity to great truths that have been accessible all along. Our current economic crises, for example, has forced people to make significant decisions about how to spend dwindling monies and that has created discussion on the meaning of wealth and what is really essential. William Phillips Tilden reminds us in today's Leaflet that wealth is not measured by what we have but but our capacity to give.

"A CUP OF COLD WATER" (Scripture Readings)

AND Jesus sat over against the treasury, and beheld how the people cast money into the treasury: and many that were rich cast in much.
And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites, which make a farthing.
And he called unto him his disciples, and saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That this poor widow hath cast more in, than all they which have cast into the treasury:
For all they did cast in of their abundance; but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living.
And whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of cold water only in the name of a disciple, verily I say unto you, he shall in no wise lose his reward.
Matt. x. Mark ii.

"A CUP OF COLD WATER (Tilden's Meditation)

IN the ear of Heaven the music of a good deed is sweeter than the grandest anthem ever sung; every such deed lets in the good in double measure, blessing giver and receiver. This is God's stamp on the coin of Love. It is they who give most of this divine coin that are the richest, and there are none so poor that they have not at least the farthing of a kind word with which to start this greatly remunerative investment, which we may always use, but never spend. Let us coin our best thoughts into deeds. We find heaven in service.
Sunsets are beautiful, but it is the common sunshine silently coming down all day long that warms the earth and starts the seeds. Just as night retreats before the morning, and winter before the sun, climbing as now higher and higher in the heavens each day, so evil is driven out by the good shining in. It is not great deeds, but little cups of water and little farthings, though they be even all our living, that win the blessing. Thus is the water in the stone jars of little home duties changing into wine all the time."


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