|Mrs. Boyd with Harford Friends School|
This morning, I read this in my daily Bonhoefer:
"Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy."
These persons without possessions, these strangers on earth, these powerless people, these sinners, these followers of Jesus, have in their life with him renounced their own dignity, for they are compassionate. As if their own needs and their own poverty were not enough, they take upon themselves the needs and humiliation and sin of strangers. They have an irresistible love for the down-trodden, the sick, the wretched, the degraded, the oppressed, for those who suffer unjustly, for the outcast, for all who are tortured with anxiety. They go out and seek all who are enmeshed in the toils of sin and guilt. No distress is too great, no sin too appalling for their compassion...They will be found consorting with publicans and sinners, careless of the shame they incur thereby. In order that they may be compassionate they cast away the most priceless treasure of human life, their personal dignity and honor. For the only honor and dignity they know is their Lord's mercy, to which they owe their very lives.
- from A Testament to Freedom 315-316
This sums up Janey Boyd to me. From her planting of seedling tomatoes to give away, to her connecting people to service and food, to her speaking her truth to the most powerful, she inspires me. She is a woman of limited financial means, but endless energy and love that she gladly shares with any and all. I am honored to know her and to share her with others. May she inspire more to be as merciful as she is.