Be A Trustworthy Messenger
Everything in life is the way you look at it. A Handicapped child (and I know because I have one) can be looked at as either a low soul or a high one. Since the spiritual belief is that G-d doesn't have accidents, we must realize there is a purpose to everything. The great sages therefore taught that the purpose of their handicap was that they were high souls that were on this planet to learn something, that they only could if they were in a handicapped body.
The way you look at charity has the same opportunity.
When you help someone else financially, realize that the money you are giving away is not really yours. Really the money belongs to the person to whom you are giving it! The Almighty has merely made you His messenger to collect that money and give it to its rightful owner.
At this time of year when everyone is sending their year end appeals, write a check to your favorite charity and tell yourself, "I am God's messenger!"
Old Hawaiian court on our way out of town
Speaking of Hawaii, we of course spent time at Pearl Harbor on its 70th anniversary. Some of these pictures bring back that memory.
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