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“Helping others is the feeling of being human.”
Good morning, friends! No matter how your bracket is shaking out today you’re a winner if you want to be. Let’s get to it!
This past week while eating lunch one day I listened as always to NPR’s “Here and Now” show, a midday news show. The story that caught my attention mid-bite was that of a recent refugee effort of a family from Iraq. The dad had been a translator for the American army back in the day so his life was at great risk. When the family applied for visas the whole batch came… except the one for his teenage daughter. Cutting to the end the efforts of many people in Portland and beyond secured her safe passage out of Iraq and to America reuniting her with her family.
As I heard the young lady speak the quote for today I was touched to my spirit. Never had I heard something I have felt so many times put so clearly into words. Helping others IS the feeling of being human. Yet how often do you and I want to be the one helped? Nothing wrong with that. Everybody needs a little lovin’ once in a while but that’s not what affirms our spirits. Helping others does.
Perhaps some of you remember that I help with a homeless ministry here in town a few times each winter feeding some men. I knew it makes me feel alive but this teenage Iraqi girl explained it better: it makes me feel human. What do you do to feel human? How are you helping others to feel human? What risks do you take to help others to feel human? It doesn’t have to be grand or great, only out there to the other. If the other is feeling the love of your help then you are feeling human. I thank you in advance for whomever you are helping this week. Enjoy the feeling of your deepest humanity. And have a great week!