Beginning in 7th century Japan, Buddhists began building bridges. Constructing roads and buildings and bridges for the greater social welfare of the people. Compassion for the travails of ordinary citizens spilled outward into this kind of social action.
The Buddhists of that era witnessed the hardship peasants endured, who couldn’t afford a boat, or pay to cross rivers and decided to build a freaking bridge.
That’s compassion shown concretely.
Christian charities that wade into disease-ridden areas. Doctors Without Borders operating in war zones.
Now would be the time for me to go meaningful and metaphorical and ask, What bridge can you build this week?
But why am I putting this on you? Let’s turn this around in my direction . . . what bridge can I build? Where can I be of service?