It’s a beautiful thing.
The giving and doing, and helping someone, for someone in need.
It’s the hardest thing.
The receiving of the giving, doing and helping when we are in need.
Why Is That?
- We think others need help more than we do.
- We fear it will make us look weak.
- “I do it myself,” is what we’ve said since age three.
- It’s humbling and breaks our pride.
- We don’t want anyone to think we can’t handle it.
“I need help”
Its tough to admit, hard to accept, and difficult to ask.
We aren’t marbles in a jar, independent, tough, clicking off each other’s hard surfaces. No, we aren’t marbles, but grapes. Grapes come from the same vine, branch, and stem. They are a community, living and growing together.
They aren’t independent, tough or hard. Grapes are pliable and willingly release their beauty and sweetness, flowing together and becoming something more than any one grape could ever be. Grapes exist in community.
“I am the true vine and you are the branches. As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you obey my commands you will remain in my love. My command is this: Love each another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that he lay his life down for his friends.” John 15
For a week, Harvey captivated and captured us. If frightened us. It submerged much of our city, and a week later, much remains submerged. Harvey damaged everything it touched.
It destroyed homes, apartments, and businesses. It soiled furnishings, putrefied carpets, and infested walls with mold. Everything had to be discarded and everyone needed help, maybe a little or maybe a lot, but help was a necessity. We needed community.
So, we’ve helped, and we continue to help, because it’s the right and decent thing to do. They are our neighbors, and with compassion and concern, we give them a hand.
We help because he first helped us, because he laid his life down for us. Our helping is the sweet flowing wine of the sacred community of Christ.
And it’s a beautiful thing.