Many people feel unaware of any guidance, unable to discern or understand the signals of God; not because the signals are not given, but because the mind is too troubled, clouded, and hurried to receive them.
For many … strategies for involvement in the community are based on a volunteer or charity mentality. Our … concept of charity is one of the main stumbling blocks to real community development. This is because … charity can blind people to reality and substitute cheap action for expensive action. And when I say this to my white brothers and sisters they get very uncomfortable. But charity blinds us and keeps us from seeing that our whole system works methodically against the development of certain people–economically, educationally, spiritually and socially.
~John Perkins, A Quiet Revolution
In Advent, we show up when we are needed; we try to help, we prepare for an end to the despair. And we do this together.