Open Your Hearts and Welcome the Stranger

Mercy and compassion have been on my mind lately. It has long been my belief that it is incumbent on each one of us to protect and serve the weakest members of our society. I have been collecting quotes I find inspiring and beautiful on this topic. I would like to share some of them with you.

Meditations in Motion

Speak out for those who cannot speak, for the rights of all the destitute. Speak out, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy.– Proverbs 31:8-9

Meditations in Motion

The name of God is mercy. – Pope Francis.

Meditations in Motion

And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you? And the King will answer them, “Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of these my brothers, you did it to me.” – Matthew 25:38-40


Meditations in Motion

We are all one, and if we don’t know it, we will learn it the hard way. – Bayard Rustin

Your DNA containing the code which makes you a unique individual is 99.9% the same as the person next to you (and everyone else on earth). We are truly one people. We share a destiny as well as common ancestors.

Each person, no matter their station in life, is entitled to dignity and to certain rights. This does not mean that we live in a uniform society, just the opposite! Each individual has a contribution to make based on their unique talents and strengths. It is up to each of us to find those strengths and make the most meaningful contribution possible.

Be kind. Be strong. Be generous with your gifts and your talents. Open your hearts and welcome the stranger, the other. Stand up for those who are less fortunate than you. We are called by a generous and compassionate God to do no less.


I am linking up with Jessica and Amy at Live Life Well, Anna Nuttall for her Bloggers Link Up, My Little Tablespoon and Laughing My Abs Off for their Fab Finds Friday, Susan B Mead for Dancing With Jesus, Crystal Twaddell for Fresh Market Friday, A Jar Full of Marigolds for Selah, A Glimpse of our Life for Scripture and a Snapshot, Peabea Photography for Sunday Scripture Blessings, and Spiritual Sundays for Welcome.






  1. Laurie, this post is simple, beautiful, and powerful. May God continually move on my heart to be generous and kind and one who will always stand up for others. Blessings!

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  2. We are all the same; humans trying to do our best. So sad that we can’t all just get along. We bleed, we hurt, we cry over our children, jobs. Jesus added one simple solution ~ that we love one another. He is so wise because with Love there can be nothing else, but seems it is very hard to accomplish with greed and anger, etc. in hearts. The anger and hatred lately, yes, is very sad, but I am encouraged as I go about my town and neighboring cities because I really don’t see this as much as in the media. People are friendly, they do open doors, and a very, very few percentage are not polite. Mostly, they are busy living their lives best they can and going about their day. My prayer would be that we could heal all the ills and tyranny of this world.

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    • Thank you for your comment. I agree with you 100%. I was a teacher for years and saw that most teenagers were kind, compassionate and willing to help others – not the portrait that is often painted of them in the media. My prayer is similar to yours.


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