Little Services

It is not, as a rule, the mere personal effort which helps those with whom we come in contact, as much as the spontaneous reflection, the warmth and sweetness, of Love, manifested in small services. In the psalm of life, very often these are the sweetest experiences of the day, and their music lingers in memory.

Our declarations regarding Love's presence and power will be availing as we express genuine affection for and self-less service to our neighbor. We are reminded that there are, strictly speaking, no little services; the greatness of Love which we serve, makes even the smallest service great. An English author of the past century wrote: "Whoso neglects a thing which he suspects he ought to do, because it seems to him too small a thing, is deceiving himself. It is not too little, but too great for him, that he doeth it not."

There is hardly a moment in the daily round when we may not render these little services, which glow with warmth. We give because divine Love has shed abroad the spirit of good will in our hearts. John says, "Of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace." As we constantly give, our work, whatever it may be, becomes a glad and happy activity, instead of a wearisome and perhaps distasteful task. What a privilege, when divine Love has been recognized and realized, to express its substance, even in a small measure, in true brotherhood to all! Love is expressed in loving, and it is then found just as potent and operative to cheer and to heal as in the days of our Master Christ Jesus.

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