If your instructions hadn’t sustained me with joy, I would have died in my misery. Psalm 119:92
Remember those in prison, as if you were there yourself. Remember also those being mistreated, as if you felt their pain in your own bodies. Hebrews 13:3
Wacantognaka, the Lakota word for generosity, means to contribute to the well-being of one's people and all life by sharing and giving freely. This sharing is not just of objects and possessions, but of emotions like sympathy, compassion, kindness. It also means to be generous with one's personal time. Akta Lakota Museum.
Father, enlarge our capacity to care about the people of the Rosebud Reservation. Enlarge our compassion for their struggle against suicide. We ask in the Name of Jesus, who gave himself for all of us. Amen.