Everybody has a story
Dear Editor:We’ve all heard the line from that Christmas song, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year!” Well, for a lot of good folk this HO-HO-HO season is anything but wonderful. For a myriad of different reasons, there are those among us who are struggling day to day just to stay alive and to find purpose to get up every morning and to keep playing the game for one more day. I’ve had the pleasure of volunteering my time at Feed My Sheep Ministries for the homeless, a drop-in center in Glenwood. For me it’s been a delightful opportunity to get out of little ol’ me and do something for someone else for a change. So, I’ve gotten to hang out with some very interesting characters, and have listened to lots of fascinating stories, and shared lots of laughter, and a few tears, too.What I’m learning, again and again, is that you can’t judge a book by looking at the cover! I cannot look at another in judgment because I will never be able to comprehend the path they have chosen to travel up to this point in time. I’m also discovering that everybody has a story. When I take the time to really listen to another human being, and go beneath the story line to where their pain and my pain are similar, and our joys as well, we all benefit in the expansion of simple loving kindness.Last week, Helena, a colorful character in the homeless community, froze to death right in front of our collective noses, prompting the director of Feed My Sheep Ministries for the homeless to extend the hours of the drop-in center so that no one would be left out in the cold. Helena touched a lot of lives in our community and her memorial was truly a confirmation of how God’s love expresses through each one of us, when we allow it, even when we don’t think anyone is paying attention. God bless us, every one! Patti NeurothCarbondale
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