RecognitionMother Teresa of India, a Nobel Peace Prize recipient, has been quoted as saying, “The biggest disease today is not leprosy or tuberculosis, but rather the feeling of being unwanted, uncared for and deserted by everybody.”

She has said, “The greatest evil is the lack of love and charity and terrible indifference towards one’s neighbour who lives at the roadside, assaulted by exploitation, corruption, poverty and disease.”

God is not a figment of the Christian imagination or some bright light that floats around Heaven on a cloud. Nor are our God’s activities restricted to just supporting people like Mother Teresa.

In reaching out to those around us who hurt and are in need, we are reaching out to God Himself. In holding the hands of those less fortunate than ourselves, we are in reality holding the hand of our God. These people are God’s creation and they are held like us, in the palm of his hand.

For the Holy Book tells us that whenever we do these things for our brothers and sisters we are doing them for God.

It seems that contrary to much public opinion God does not just live in our church buildings. Through His Spirit, He lives in each one of our hearts.

To find Him within ourselves, maybe we first have to recognise Him in others.

Peter Mack

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