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My Hands Are Small I Know

2010 March 31
by Pamela

I found part of this quote on Tonia’s blog:

I believe much more in individual effort, and in the good that may be done by addressing oneself not to the masses but to particular souls. The effect one can exert is thereby much deeper and more durable. Did not He who remains the Eternal Model in all spiritual things do the same? And it did not hinder Him from transforming the world.

Following Him, let us turn with tenderness to every person, however poor or sinful, and let us endeavor to be “all things to all men.” Let us think less of humanity and more of men, or rather let us remember that humanity is only made of human beings and that each one of them needs the light and strength that God gives, and it belongs to us to spread this light as far as we can. ~The Secret Diary of Elisabeth Leseur

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There is sickness, loneliness, hurt, still unanswered prayers, and grieving hearts everywhere I look. We too are stricken. Mary Claire has been in the hospital three times over the last ten days and has some important tests coming up. The results weigh heavily on me already. How do you help others when you and your own family seem to need so much? There is a part of me that feels very entitled to lay on the couch, snuggled under blankets with the girls scooped under each arm, wearing yoga pants for days on end, and ordering carryout until thy Kingdom Come. It’s in the Bible somewhere. No?

But the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.

My help hasn’t been much, but we have tried to keep up on the little things for “particular souls”. We need to eat and others with sick children need to eat too, so I might as well make a bigger pot of chicken noodle soup and share it. The widow still needs a visit and a bowl of soup too, so let’s stop by for a quick chat and hug. Others need a phone call of encouragement, but even an email to remind others that you are praying for them means a lot. I’m going to CVS to fill prescriptions every other day so offering to pick up pedialyte for a friend who is at home with three sick kids is only going to take me an extra 5 minutes but will be helpful to her, I hope.

So no, although I’ve dreamed of big programs that I could join to help the families at Children’s Hospital, I haven’t ventured into the land of Vast Life-Changing Volunteer Work since Mary Claire’s illness. But taking some time to pray and help others around you is a wonderful blessing. We are following in Jesus’ footsteps and even the tiniest act of love and concern means something to someone.

Remeber that it was Jesus who said “I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, thirsty and you gave me something to drink, a stranger and you invited me in. I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me”.

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  1. Ellen permalink
    August 19, 2010

    Oh Pam…..this is a wonderful blog. You are a truly Christian woman!

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