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‘What matters most is offering friendship and kindness to others, connecting with others and being happy.’
This quotation comes from the newsletter of a charity for very disabled and disadvantaged young people and represents what can be done by those who sometimes are overlooked by society.
The group in question had seen the isolation and loneliness of some people in the community. They translated their concerns into action, baking for people in a nearby old people’s home and giving their time and friendship in a visit.
We all have a unique part to play whatever our circumstances or limitations.
Our present problems and hardships have, in so many cases, unleashed a wonderful response enabling neighbours to support each other, delighting in giving, overcoming disabilities to raise money for charities and working to alleviate suffering.
Christians cannot claim a monopoly of charity or good works but certainly any church community could be the first point of call for anyone who would like to throw off isolation and join with those who are working under God’s guidance to make our world a more joyful and satisfying place to live.
The work is often not widely publicised and it is necessary to get involved to find out what is being done, but it can be infinitely rewarding to be part of God’s purpose and under His guidance.
Geoff and Janet Fairbairn, Religious society of Friends (Quakers)