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Love

All of us, whatever our circumstances, need help sometimes. We all have pain. We all have need.

Writing, Photography by Elizabeth Thayer
Love Kids
Love Kids
©2016 ELIZABETH THAYER / TSOS

Writing & Photography by Elizabeth Thayer

All of us, whatever our circumstances, need help sometimes. We all have pain. We all have need. Echoing the words of a wise man, the circumstances that place us in need will not define us, but our response to others in need will. In a refugee camp in Greece I saw examples of tragedy, despair, vulnerability, uncertainty, and deep deep pain. I also saw hope, respect, gracious hospitality, kindness and love. For me it was a reminder that as a human family, we have so much in common. We all have needs and we all become better people through love.

"...the circumstances that place us in need will not define us, but our response to others in need will."

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