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Wednesday’s Spiritual Uplift 4/18/07

April 21, 2007

If I can stop one heart from breaking,

I shall not live in vain.

If I can ease one life the aching,

Or cool one pain,

Or help one fainting robin

Unto his nest again,

I shall not live in vain.”

–Emily Dickinson

The above poem, which was quoted this past Sunday morning, has become especially meaningful this week as we find ourselves holding the Virginia Tech University community in love and compassion. Each of us has the ability to give of ourselves to other human beings, whether to lend support in times of grief or to voluntarily offer our unique gifts in support of our spiritual community. When we seize the opportunity to be of service, we are fulfilling the highest purpose of our lives. No one can do everything, but everyone can do something, and the joy we derive from freely offering our time and talent to the up-liftment of our world is immeasurable.

This week we remember that we cannot outgive God, and all that we are and all that we do is God’s activity becoming manifested through and as each one of us.

“When you become a committed giver, you can no more go back to the old way of living than you can go back to life in prehistoric times.”

–Eric Butterworth. Spiritual Economics

This Spiritual Uplift was written by Paula George.

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