From the Deacon’s Desk
What Do You Want of Me, Lord?
One of my favorite hymns is “What Do You Want of Me, Lord?” The second line is “How do you want me to serve you?” We look around and see so much that needs to be done, so much need, so many hurting lonely people. We wonder how we can make a difference.
Mother Teresa said, “I never look at the masses as my responsibility; I look at the individual. I can only love one person at a time - just one, one, one. So you begin. I began - I picked up one person. Maybe if I didn't pick up that one person, I wouldn't have picked up forty-two thousand...The same thing goes for you, the same thing in your family, the same thing in your church, your community. Just begin - one, one, one.”
Henri Nouwen, a modern mystic, says that we must “focus continually on the poor in this world. We must keep asking ourselves: Where are the men, women, and children who are waiting for us to reach out to them? Poverty in all its forms: physical, intellectual, and emotional is not decreasing. On the contrary, the poor are everywhere around us. As the powers of darkness show their increasing crudeness, the weeping of the poor becomes louder and their misery becomes more visible. We have to keep listening. We have to keep looking.”
Jesus worked on the margins of his society and he calls us to follow his “way”. As I meet with the residents at Episcopal Place and as I work with the patients and residents at a hospital and continuing care facility, and even in calling on parishioners in our own church, I see lonely people. We need to listen and look. We need to look at folks within our church community, at those in need in Chester, and in the wider communities of our country and the world. Then, as Mother Teresa said, “...you begin”. Let’s think about how we can serve Christ in our community. If you have any ideas about places we may be able to help, please let Father Mark or me know.
We know that there are many out there waiting for us to reach out. Let’s listen and look.