As I journey through this life, I cannot help but to notice a person’s eyes. Those eyes have a story to tell, some of which are stories of much pain. Pain which they have lived with for so long that they don’t think about it any more or pain which they would prefer to keep hidden and hope it doesn’t show.
Sometimes we think we are hidden from the world. We hide behind artificial smiles and laughter. Sometimes we aren’t aware of the existence of our pain because we have stopped listening to our hearts. When we fail to listen to our own hearts, we cannot hear what is in the hearts of others. Sometimes, we seem to be uncaring about those with whom we come into contact on a day-to-day basis. We aren’t aware of the person sitting or standing next to us.
Have you ever stopped and taken a deep look into the eyes of the person next to you? What did you see? It is all there. Every discouragement, hurt and loss is all longing to be relieved.
Occasionally, when one does see and have a brief moment of compassion, they ask the question: “Is everything all right?” But often, as soon as you answer and they have a hint of what is going on with you, they bring the conversation to themselves and leave you out. Once again, you proceed to hide the pain and the realization that there are few who really care.
People all around us, everywhere we go, need to be loved and accepted just as they are. There are no quick solutions or easy answers to the problems of life. You cannot take the pain away from others. You can only love, comfort and accept them. Even if you don’t understand, you can listen to their hearts and let them know what you are hearing them say. They have to find their own solution. Their way is not always the same way you have walked. Our journey through this life is uniquely our own. The problems may be similar, but the way to forgiveness, peace and joy is not always the same. One has to walk that path alone. The path of deliverance is each individual’s journey. The unwillingness to forgive, the bitterness and the hatred are each persons to battle. Our place is to give them a safe environment of acceptance to deal with such things that are destroying their heart.
Let us gently look into the eyes of those we encounter each day and give a sincere word of encouragement. Let us give a warm, gentle and sincere smile. A smile that will let others know they have been in the presence of acceptance. Let us pass through this world leaving a trail of love-touched lives.
Don’t forget to take a moment with every encounter to let the other person feel special. Remember that when you encounter others who seem to be angry or ill-tempered, they are often carrying heavy burdens. You don’t know the past experiences of the person you are meeting. Some burdens are much heavier than others, and some people have been carrying those burdens a long time. They simply don’t know how to put them down and live in peace.
Compassionate and patient listening can often make a difference in the lives of others. They have the potential to heal a broken or burdened heart.
IN OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS
Darla Jean Christopher, Betty Davis, Russwin Francisco, Kenneth Golden, Rev. Dr. Bill Herzog, John Harrison Hoffman, Donald Hubbard, Sr., Kathryn Kepner, Evelyn Kretz, MacKenzie Kretz, Josh Langley, Bob Miller, Joann Motter, Diane Nicodemus, Ashlee (Black) Pyne, Laurie Singh, Tom Smith, Peg Taughinbaugh, Mary Timmins, Mckenna Voss, Jean Weiant, Teeyara Jo Weiant and Pete and Joan Wilson
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We offer our sincerest sympathy and prayers to the family of Donald Simpson, who died on July 21st; and to the family of George Marinos, who died on August 4th. Please keep those families in your thoughts and prayers. We also offer our condolences to Martha DeHoff on the death of her brother; to Thomas Weiant on the death ofhis mother; and to Johneta Yingling and Ryan Stouch of the death of their son and brother.
Judy Miller is back home in Gettysburg after spending time recuperating from surgery at the home of her son.
Pete Wilson is home following a procedure in York Hospital.
Diane Nicodemus is home following surgery in Gettysburg Hospital and a time at Apple Hill Rehabilitation Hospital in York.
Suzy Miller is at home recuperating after a stay in Gettysburg Hospital.
George Christopher is at home following a medical procedure at Hershey Medical Center.
Jean Proctor is also at home recuperating following surgery in Annapolis, Maryland.
Please remember as well those who are currently residing in nursing care facilities: Peg Taughinbaugh at Cross Keys, Lila Martin at High Acre in Westminster, Maryland; Virginia Lohuis and Lois Monforte at SpiriTrust Lutheran in Gettysburg; Evelyn Gorman and Joni Scheufel at Transitions in Gettysburg; and Johnetta Yingling at Genesis in Gettysburg.
Also Betty Davis, as well as Joan and Pete Wilson, who are at home.
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