Herald Journal Columns
November 20, 2006, Herald Journal

Serving and being served


Thanksgiving time is a time when the words, to be thankful and giving thanks come to our minds. Although, it seems to mean something different to almost everyone.

What to be thankful for can be a wide spread of things from our jobs, health, home, food, money, clothing, friends, and family. However, may we all be thankful for all we are blessed with.

In order to really enjoy and recognize our greatest blessings that we are surrounded with, we must all learn to take the time to stop, slow down, pause, prioritize, and let our soul reflect upon what’s connected to our inner most being.

In today’s world porch swings, picnic tables, and handwritten letters are slowly becoming a part of the bygone age.

We are now faced with fast-food drive though, computer games, and e-mail. We are never more than a beeper or cellular phone call away from being summoned.

A lot of people are working endless hours a week. This is a sign of first class exhaustion.

We need to balance our lives and find enjoyment in each other and search for the underlining of happiness and sorrow within our loved ones.

The purpose of life is not just to get things done but, more so, to connect with each other.

Many of us hear or say the words, “Thank you,” throughout the day, somewhere or someplace. Just two words meaning, I appreciate what you did for me, or what you said in goodness on behalf of another person. The sincerity that was spoken uplifted another person’s spirit, whether it be to aid or reach out and of cheer or comfort.

Passion is important and so is compassion. Helping others was something Jesus did on a daily basis. He was constantly approached by people, but he always found time to stop what he was doing to help those in need. This is a lesson we must learn if to be anything like Jesus.

Hands are referred to numerous times in the bible. God’s hands created the heavens and the earth. Jesus laid his hands on many; lepers were healed and the blind made to see by his touch. His hands were nailed in his sacrifice on the cross for our sins and were lifted to bless his disciples before his accent to heaven. Our hands are to carry on his work.

We don’t perform miracles, but we can lend a hand to benefit others.

We may offer a steady hand to the elderly, a strong hand to make repairs, a creative hand to make clothing or quilts for the homeless, a warm outstretched hand to a stranger, a clasping hand to a friend, or folded hands to praise him or give thanks to him.

God sends people to help us when we need them. Sometimes you are the person giving the help and sometimes you are the one receiving it; both roles are important. The operative word is person. It’s about people, not things. Knowing, more than doing. Being, more than getting.

Every day may we all be of some sort of service somehow, or somewhere.

Search and you will find something to be thankful for and also be blessed with. To find silence and to reflect upon our day, we will realize that all along Jesus was our example: The greatest work ever begun upon this earth was planned and started by Jesus.

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