Our economy is showing signs of stalling, just a bit. For a healthy economy you need a continual flow of goods and services. If anything significant interrupts that flow, like a dam in a river, the economy bottles up and unpleasant things happen (problems in stock market, banking, etc.). I guess that's why they call it "trade". Right now the burst bubble in housing and credit has caused a big slowdown as lenders are unwilling to lend and buyers keep waiting for lower prices to buy. But the thought I have is that for an economy to move, it takes two. It takes a willing buyer and a willing seller. For a spiritual community to be healthy it also takes two: a willing servant and an open care/ministry receiver. Just like with the economy, sometimes ministry fails on the servant side and sometimes on the receiving side and you really can't force the proposition. But to see love in action and to witness Christ move we need to be open to setting personal agendas on the sideline to help others and we need to set personal pride aside to allow others to help us. You might call it "the economy of love".
Matthew 5: 3 " Blessed are the poor in spirit, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven."