Charity That Is Wise as Well as Caring (Fri. April 1)

The word of the day is “devise.”  Often those who promote acts of mercy make an emotional appeal.  They show a malnourished child or an abused animal and in pleading tones ask us to care.  But in today’s reading of Proverbs 14:15-20, the wise sage of Proverbs offers a different viewpoint.  He says, “Deceivers devise evil things, but good men devise mercy and truth” (OSB 14: 23) . The word “devise” suggests that “good men” plan their acts of compassion just as evil men strategize their wicked deeds.  Today we will consider the sage’s suggestion that charitable giving involves our thinking as well as our feelings. To Devise a Plan Both the Hebrew Bible and the Septuagint (LXX) agree that…

Charity That Is Wise as Well as Caring (Fri, April 9)

The word of the day is “devise.” Often those who promote acts of mercy make an emotional appeal. They show a malnourished child or an abused animal and in pleading tones ask us to care. But in today’s reading of Proverbs 14:15-20, the wise sage of Proverbs offers a different viewpoint.  He says, “Deceivers devise evil things, but good men devise mercy and truth” (OSB 14: 23). The word “devise” suggests that “good men” plan their acts of compassion just as evil men strategize their wicked deeds.. Today we will consider the sage’s suggestion that charitable giving involves the mind as well as our feelings. To Devise a Plan Both the Hebrew Bible and the Septuagint (LXX) agree that the…