St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church
Let each of you look not to his own interests, but to the interests of others.
In the prayers which we said in church today, some words struck me: “…. all who long to hear a word of hope and kindness.” Suddenly, I pictured those who are lonely and forlorn, people with longings we don’t see as we hurry about our busy lives; longings for things as simple as hope and kindness. Perhaps the longing is felt by a widower in the congregation. A neighbor whose family lives far away. The teenager who feels lost at a con-fusing time in life. The person in a nursing home who never – never – gets a visitor.
If we can’t actually visit these people, we can call. We can send a note. We can pause for a moment to talk to someone. “Lord, open my eyes to see the longing in others – not just their wants and wishes, but their longings. Then help me to respond.”
©Carol Dean Henn, 2017