Today was a lovely day. I’m visiting my loved one at the assisted living. I’ve been here since Thursday. I stay in a guest room on site, so I get to do life with Marie. (That's not her real name to protect her privacy. All names have been changed.)
I had lunch and dinner with Marie. We laughed and talked. I showed her videos and pictures of my kids whom she adores. We cleaned out her fridge and made a shopping list for our Target run tomorrow.
I’m here to see her, but I have gotten to know Read more [...]
I shared with a group about how our Life Group was helping a family whose husband/daddy is deployed. I took a signup sheet to class Sunday hoping we could get help mowing the lawn for them. I was hoping at least some of the weeks from July through September would be taken by volunteers. Ron and I planned to fill in as needed. Within ten minutes all spots were taken. We had to add weeks into October to make space for every family who wanted to help. Each family will take less than half Read more [...]
It's not hard to help strangers.
Earlier today I was in Target with our son Adam. A 15 month old was throwing a fit as his parents tried various shoes on him. We'd heard him yelling for a while.
As we walked past the shoe aisle, I smiled at him and said, "Hi, buddy!" He immediately stopped yelling and smiled at me. The distraction of a stranger's smile captured his attention.
I squatted down and kept talking to him from about five feet away. He smiled at me the whole time. I Read more [...]
"Here's the deal: Pain affects us. It affects every part of who we are and how we live. We often cannot see the pain others are experiencing. Many people we see each day have invisible illnesses: MS, migraines, heart disease, diabetes, and many others. Lots of folks live with chronic pain that we don't see. Others live with heartaches we cannot see: bad marriage, addiction, grief, poverty, infertility, financial issues, mental illness in those they love, conflict, fears, abuse, and much more.
A friend posted this meme. I thought it was spot-on!
We all have a story. I don't know all of yours. You don't know all of mine. We need to stop judging each other.
When we see folks at a restaurant, store, church, or work, we can't know all they have been through that day or that year.
The gal at the checkout may be working to pay off bills from when her child was ill last winter. The server at the restaurant may be tired from studying all night. The driver who cut you off on the way to Read more [...]