Since we are still in a COVID mode – I am continuing to write new articles every other week for the church E-news. The alternate weeks are the devotionals from my book about SIta. I think all of us are tired and overwhelmed by now. It has been a long haul for everyone.
I got some great news, however, this week. I have belonged to Hearing Loss Association of America for 40 years. They are publishing an article titled “My Disappearing Hearing.” in the November/December edition with a picture of SIta and me. It is about growing up hard of hearing and becoming profoundly deaf. I will certainly be sharing it with all of you!
Meanwhile, stay safe and well and continue to do for each other – just a little bit!
JANE’S TWENTY-SECOND REFLECTION
I think every one of us at Congregational UCC is special. We are always looking for missions and how to help people. Several people who are not members have commented to me about how much our small church helps so many people.
Even knowing this, I watch the news and feel overwhelmed. There are so many needs in this world, and how do we choose where do we give our donations and time? There are people suffering from wildfires, hurricanes, hunger, social injustice, pet rescue needs, and on and on. Where does one even start?
Our small church has several missions, including backpack programs; clothing drives, helping children who need supplies and other contributions. We are acutely aware that we also have church members who have been out of work since March, and other members who have been injured, sick, and downright lonely.
I am always trying to distribute my money where needed, while it never seems to be enough for this weary world. I am unable (because of immune problems) to do hands-on work so I send cards. Other members visit, send e-mails, text and call people, bring food, and look out for each other. Still others set up fundraisers like rummage sales, asking for money to park in our parking lot, clean and sanitize the church, work on repairs and the beautiful grounds. But is that ever enough?
Then I read a Buddhist quote that puts everything into perspective.
“Helping one person might not change the world, but it could change the world for one person.”
Rather than throwing up our hands or beating ourselves up for not doing more, we need to remember this.
Just continue, my friends and family at CUCC, to reach out and help someone like you are doing now. You have certainly taught me to do this. Jesus himself said, “Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of those who are members of my family, you did it to me.” Matthew 25:40 (NRSV)