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Anthropologist Margaret Mead once said that the earliest sign of civilization in a given culture was a healed femur - a broken leg that had healed. Why? No mended bones are found where the law of the jungle - survival of the fittest - reigns. But a healed femur shows that someone cared. Someone had to do the injured person's hunting and gathering until the leg healed and the person had mended sufficiently to be able to once again fend for herself. So, said Mead, the evidence of compassion is the first sign of civilization.
Among those watching and waiting for Jesus' second coming, compassion will be evident. Someone is hungry; someone else is thirsty; a person is a stranger; someone else is naked; a woman is sick; a man is in prison. These are simple needs with simple solutions. There is nothing mentioned here that is outside the reach of any one of us. There are no dramatic acts, no miracles, no outstanding events. Just caring for the simple needs of needy people.
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