The Heroism Around Us
An online service from this past Sunday here at Mount Hebron Presbyterian Church, “Ideal Homes” can be found here. A transcript of the service is available here.
We read in Matthew 25:31-46 “I tell you solemnly, in so far as you did this to the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did it to Me.”
Reinhold Niebuhr was one of the most influential theologians of the 20th Century. When he was 59, he had a slight stroke which left him partially paralyzed on his left side. It cut his energy back to a fraction of what it had been. His wife, Ursula, adjusted her workload as a professor, in order to care for him.
Niebuhr wrote afterward that he had made a discovery. “I learned to know the goodness of men and women who went out of their way to help an invalid. Among the people who impressed me with their helpfulness were my doctors, nurses, and therapists, my colleagues, and friends.
I soon learned that some of these people, who entered my life professionally, or who served with me non-professionally with visits and walks, showed me an almost charismatic gift of love. And, of course, my chief source of spiritual strength was my wife. She was my nurse, secretary, editor, counselor, and friendly critic through all those years of illness and occasional depression.”'
The current pandemic has reminded us that our lives are surrounded by everyday heroes. We often forget the heroism of the ordinary people around us.
We can also fail to see the value of our own actions. We may not feel that the little things we do are making that much of a difference. They make a big difference to those who are positively enriched by them! Let us keep on doing the good that we can do and let us continue to lift each other up in our prayers.
Prayer: “God, Our Savior, fill our minds with Your wisdom, so that even the 'little' things we do during these unusual days, may be enriched by Your love. Amen.”
The Reverend Adrian J. Pratt B.D.