The Act of Receiving

The grace to accept an offering from another is sometimes difficult. 

We had spent an entire spring day exploring the city of Chicago.  A day trip to the city is an adventure my family tries to take each year.  The evening was fast approaching and our legs were growing weary.  Just before our parking area, we stopped at a street level convenience store to buy a drink and a snack for the ride home.

The outside façade of the convenience store was dilapidated.  The interior was equally worn.  Inside, the merchandise that filled the store was sparse.  Two men stood behind the counter and they spoke English with heavy accents.

We paid for our purchases and turned to leave.  The taller man summoned us to stop and come back. Coming out from behind the cash register, he placed a Cadbury egg in the hand of my daughter and son.  He did not speak.  He just smiled and proudly gave.  We thanked him and left the store.

Part of me wanted to rush back inside and pay him for the Cadbury eggs but that act would have robbed that man of his ability to give.

His small gift profoundly touched my family.  We will always remember his act of kindness.

We all have the ability to give and to receive.           

About Proximity

Place yourself in the proximity of renewal. 

Do justice.  Love Mercy.  Walk Humbly.                        


If need does not brush against the proximity of our lives, turning away finds simple.


When we put the needs of others in our proximity, we are changed.

We become an intricate part of the act of renewal in the life of others and in our own lives.

Our lives find deeper meaning and purpose.


We are ALL made in the image of Christ.

We ALL have a story and a voice worthy to be heard.

We are ALL loved beyond measure by our creator.


Serving others means showing up:

….even if you feel un-equipped
….even if you do not have immense material resources
….even if you feel unworthy
We all have something to give.

Place yourself in the proximity of need.

Your own life will open wide in renewal.