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The Statue…

The-Thinker-by-Auguste-RodinNone of us have to go to the ends of the world to find someone who is hurting. All you need to do is look to your left or to your right, or possibly just in the mirror. We are sure that you know someone who is battling cancer or some serious medical problem, someone who is facing death or has just gone through the death of a loved one, someone who is unemployed or is in the midst of a family crisis, someone who is lonely or on the fringes of society for whatever reason. The oft-quoted saying goes like this, “Some days you are the pigeon, and some days you are the statue.” Right now there is someone near you who feels like the statue.

Here is our challenge to you. Find that person near you who is hurting or struggling, and simply be a friend. We are sure this person will not expect you to fix their problem or even have all the answers. All they want is an ear to listen, a hand to hold, a shoulder to lean on. You might be saying right now, “But you don’t know the pain I am in!” And you are correct; we probably do not know what struggles you face right now. But we do know that sometimes the best medicine for a hurting person is another hurting person.

Not too long ago we heard of a social worker in our area who works for a hospice agency. This social worker had a client who was alone, dying, and had been through the ringer more than once. This elderly lady loved shiny jewelry. The social worker had some shiny jewelry that she did not wear so she gave it to her client. The result, the client broke down in tears of joy because someone would do that for her. It is as easy as that.

So here’s the deal. Invite someone over for a cookout, give them a bouquet of flowers, go visit with them or if you cannot visit, then call them. It is not what you do that matters. What matters is that you do something. Just show them that you care.

The movie Toy Story opens with a song by Randy Newman titled “You’ve Got A Friend In Me.” The first two verses go like this…

You’ve got a friend in me
You’ve got a friend in me
When the road looks rough ahead
And you’re miles and miles from your nice warm bed
You just remember what your old pal said
Boy you’ve got a friend in me
Yeah you’ve got a friend in me

You’ve got a friend in me
You’ve got a friend in me
You got troubles and I got ’em too
There isn’t anything I wouldn’t do for you
We stick together, we can see it through
‘Cause you’ve got a friend in me
You’ve got a friend in me

Click here to listen to the song.

Dave Garrett

New Bern, North Carolina


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