You Never Know Unless You Try

Checking in for March 6

            Can you think of a time when you saw someone in real need?

            Some of us have seen the homeless on the streets of a big city. Others of us have held the hands of friends and relatives who are going through crisis. Some of us have witnessed accidents.

            It changes your perspective on everything when you witness this kind of pain. It is scary, because you know it can happen to you. It is overwhelming, because it feels like your contribution to help is really only a fraction of what the other person really needs.

            And yet, so often, you hear about the ‘little things’ that make such a big difference - holding hands, hugs, listening, giving money, giving your time- it all counts.  In situations of need, it really is the least one can do that lets others know you care. It reminds them that they are part of the community of humanity.

            Scripture tells us that Jesus became poor so that we could all experience richness. Just like parents teach their children to appreciate what they have through their actions or through their instruction, Jesus teaches us the same lessons through his actions and sacrifice. It is not always comfortable. And, you may not know if you have done any good at all.

Tracy Kidder, an author who writes about small town life, puts it this way:

 “Many people find it easy to imagine unseen webs of malevolent conspiracy in the world, and they are notalways wrong. But there is also an innocence that conspires to hold humanity together, and it is made up of people who can never fully know the good that they have done.”
Among Schoolchildren

It is so much better to never know for sure that you have done good, than to never try. The capacity to hope and to try to do good is a large part of what makes us human. And, it means something to someone in the world every day.

Yours in Christ,

The Vestry

George James (Rectors Warden)   

Chris Kydd (Finance Warden)

Kevin McLean (Peoples Warden)

Chris Pepe (Development Warden) 

Monica Eboda 

Bryan Bente 

Marian McIlvain

Susan Pignolo 

Karen Rodgers 

Damon Sinclair

Richard Tait 

 

            If you wish to contact the Vestry for any reason, please use the email address: vestry@adventks.org or call the parish office at 610 444 4624. Thank you!