QUIET ACTS OF LOVE

THE CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR

SHOVEL IN HAND, I was breaking up the ice on my neighbor's front walkway and clearing it away, after freezing rain had coated our streets and sidewalks with sheet ice. I had gladly offered to take care of her house while she vacationed in a warm spot down south, but I must say I hadn't bargained for this ice-clearing job.

I put down my shovel and lifted my thought for inspiration. The idea came to me that all around the world, people are engaged in quiet everyday tasks done with humble persistence. Taken together they constitute the very fabric of life. Every time a parent gets up in the night to comfort a crying child, every time a garbage collector removes the trash, every time a farmer puts in a long day in the fields, he or she is engaged in acts of patience, courage, and perseverance that help others move forward.

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