The thought of God’s life flowing through us is a lofty one…. It is as we serve our neighbors—our family, friends, and acquaintances—that the dam holding the flow of gifts is lifted and the life of God continues its intended flow. This service can happen during sacred times and in sacred spaces, when the community is gathered for worship…. Yet God’s gifts flow to others above all when the community scatters, having been nourished in God’s presence, when we are back home with our families or at work as carpenters, bankers, doctors, waiters, or teachers. Every word and every deed, every thought and every gesture, even the simple act of paying attention can be a gift and therefore an echo of God’s life in us.
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