Prayer and Reflection
Lord, when I am hungry give me someone to feed; When I am thirsty
give water for their thirst.
When a burden weighs upon me lay upon my shoulders
the burden of my fellows. Lord, when I stand
greatly in need of tenderness,
give me someone who yearns for love. May your will be my bread;
Your grace my strength; Your love my resting place.
(Quaker prayers, Peace and Service, The Society of Friends)
Life, especially family life, or life in school, is full of opportunities for self-giving.
When children are young, parents have to do everything for them and sacrifice their own needs for those of their children. The quality of the parents’ loving care lays the foundation for their children to grow into people capable of giving love to others.
When parents are old and infirm, they become dependent on their children to look after them. So life is a cycle of being cared for and caring for others, of dependence and independence, of receiving and giving. Self-giving is essential if individuals and relationships are to grow and develop.
Recall a time when you had to give up your own needs in order to help someone else.
What were the costs?
What were the rewards of the giving?
Word of God - Scripture
“For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and
you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me. I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me. Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?’ And the king will answer them, ‘Truly, I tell you, as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.’” (Matthew 25:35-40)