Remember, we all stumble, every one of us. That’s why it’s a comfort to go hand in hand.
– Emily Kimbrough
I am continually amazed at the resilience of the human body but, more importantly at the resilience of the human soul. We are living in a time were people are suffering – whether from disease, overwork, lack of work, family strife. The list is endless. And, the problem – on top of the suffering – is the isolation such suffering causes.
We need to look around at those who live in our areas. We need to help up those we can. We need to hold the hands of others so the stumbling is not as evident. Trust me! But for the grace of God go any of us.
We all need such encouragement and often we forget that it’s okay not to be the pillar of strength when life has us by the tail.
I have been the person who has needed the hand of a friend. I needed a good friend when my marriage ended, one that knew what services were available for me to help get me back on my feet. I needed a friend who could help me find child care and a new place to live. I had that friend back then. She and I are still friends to this day. If she had not given me a hand, pointed me in the right direction, who knows what my life – and the lives of my children – would be like now?
When you can, look to those people you see weekly in the grocery store. Instead of yelling or muttering under your breath when you do not get the shortest line, wonder what in their lives might be a struggle for them at this time. Smile at them. Say hello. Spread some cheer in someone’s life.
Friends are precious, not just in the sunshine of life, but especially in the shade.
Go spread some cheer today! Send that letter! Smile at that person!