Little By Little in Life

FB TornadoWe live about 200 yards away from where the 200 yard wide Farmers Branch tornado touched down early Sunday morning.  Great trees that provided shade fell, creating opportunity for homeowners to rearrange or start over again where the loss occurred.  My walk through the neighborhood yesterday let me see the various responses from neighbors who were outside cleaning up.  I was impressed by the person who expressed anxiety about the cost of the damage along with gratitude for a chance to get new fence and do something different with that flowerbed.

Reconciling these paradoxical feelings requires a wide angled lens that allows them to exist without trying resolve the conflict they may create.  I am unable to wrap my mind around the inner workings of a 200-yard wide natural phenomenon, even after seeing its path firsthand. So, expending my energy wondering how people should feel or respond under such circumstances doesn’t seem to be very helpful.GIving Smile

Instead, I asked the man if I can help him move a heavy piece of fence to the side of the road for pick up.  After moving a couple of pieces, l continued my walk.  As I left, there was no handshake, just an exchange of smiles, which felt more powerful than any words I could have offered. The half smile we both exhibited allowed both of us to feel a sense the gratitude that naturally arises when we are able to carry one another’s load for just a brief moment.

 Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. Galatians 6:2

Published in: on May 26, 2015 at 8:00 am  Leave a Comment  

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