In Remembrance of Me

broken.breadOn Sunday, we had communion at church.  My church serves wafers and wine and the congregation always sings songs while communion is served.  That day, we sang my favorite communion song, “In Remembrance of Me.”

It is a song that reminds us of what Jesus did for us and want He wanted us to do.  He wanted us to love one another as He loved us, to care of each other, and to support each other.

Here are the powerful words:

  • “In remembrance of Me, eat this bread. In remembrance of Me, eat this wine.
  • In remembrance of Me, pray for the time when God’s own will is done.
  • In remembrance of Me, heal the sick.
  • In remembrance of Me, feed the poor.
  • In remembrance of Me, open the door.  And let your brother in, let him in.
  • Take, eat, and be comforted.  Drink and remember too.
  • That this is My body and precious blood shed for you, shed for you.
  • In remembrance of Me, search for truth.
  • In remembrance of Me, always love.
  • In remembrance of Me, do look above, and in your heart, look in your heart for God.
  • Do this in remembrance of Me.”

Isn’t this an amazing song?  It made me tear up yesterday since much of this is not happening anymore.  So much of our society is not living like this or loving like this.  I hope that we can learn to love this way again and remember to care for our fellow men, women, and children.

I am not saying that we do things that could harm ourselves, our families, or our neighbors.  I don’t want that, but there is plenty that can be done, if we just think about the many needs and see what we can do to help.

A few examples: My church provides meals once a month to the homeless.  We rotate with other churches at a homeless shelter.  Last winter, my church had a coat drive and gave coats to those in need.  A few weeks ago, the youth group went to a local store and gave away gift cards on a random acts of kindness day.

As in many cities, there is a need of hungry children.  So the local Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts go once a month and work with another church in town to help prepare bags that are then delivered to the schools and those who need them.  Ian and I have done that a few times.  We talked about the fact that kids often need food to be sure they have enough on the weekends.

For many years, my family has raised money for a needy family in lieu of gifts for each of the adults.  It is rewarding and has really helped a few other families.  And, after a wildfire in the Smoky Mountains, Dolly Parton held a telethon raising money for thousands of families who lost everything.

Small things can make a huge difference, if only we will work together.  My prayer is that we will.  Just imagine what we could accomplish if we would come together?  I hope and pray that we will consider what we can do to help someone in need.

Loss and Heartache

cropped-gedc2754.jpgA few days ago one of the funniest people I have ever seen on television or in movies passed away.  It was sad to hear that Robin Williams had died, and even sadder still that he apparently took his own life.

It is hard to wonder how someone who outwardly seems so happy could do this.  But, I don’t know his mind or his thoughts or what he was dealing with. From what several reports have stated, he had suffered from depression as well as substance abuse.  These are real conditions and things to be taken very seriously.

Yet, there are people who are judging and being critical of him, and calling him selfish.  That bothers me just as much as him seeming to feel there was no other way to deal with whatever it was that was paining him.  My heart truly goes out to his family and his friends.

A lot has also been discussed since this happened regarding depression and how little is known about it.  I agree that more needs to be discussed.  Depression is something that shouldn’t be a thing of shame but as with other conditions, something that can hopefully be diagnosed and treated.

I have read a few postings about depression that have been very insightful.  I have also seen numerous postings for suicide prevention hotlines.  The number for the National Suicide Prevention Hotline is 1-800-273-8255.  Calls will be answered by trained counselors.

I reposted a picture yesterday that really moved me.  It said, “Be Kind. For everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about.”  This is so true.  No matter what pain we are in, I hope we won’t belittle others and what they are dealing with.

We all choose to show the world and our loved ones what we want to.  I just hope and pray that through this tragedy, we can learn to share with each other and reach out when help is needed.

I pray that those dealing with depression can get needed help.  I also pray that friends and family can be supportive and listen.  May we truly help and love one another.

We Can Make A Difference!

jarEach person can make a difference in someone else’s life!  No matter how small a gesture it may seem, you can impact someone else.

I have read several things this morning which have truly inspired me.

The first was from a friend who posted a Pay It Forward item on Facebook.  My sister-in-law and another friend then posted this item as well.

It was requesting that the first 5 or 10 people who comment would receive something from them over the next year.  The only thing that these people have to do is do the same for other people!

Isn’t that a fabulous idea?!  I decided to participate so I will be in touch with 5 people over the next year.  Hope to hear from several people once I post this item on my wall.

I truly like this idea of keeping in touch with others and doing something kind for people throughout the year.  May we all try to help one another!!

The second item made me weep as I read this story.  It is entitled, “The Impactful Legacy of a 12-Year-Old Girl and the National Movement She Sparked.”  It was written by Eric Aldeson and published on Yahoo! Sports.

A girl named Jessie Rees started the movement of JoyJars and NEGU (Never Eve Give Up).  Have you heard of these?  I hadn’t until reading this amazing article.

The article states, “Jessie Rees got into the backseat of her parents’ car after another grueling round of chemo and radiation and looked back at the hospital through the window.

“She wondered aloud: Why did she get to go home from the hospital?  What about the other kids? Why weren’t they going home?”

Sadly, as the article states, the reason she got to go home was that her brain tumor was inoperable.   Jessie had another question, “What can we do for them?”

Can you believe that?  Neither could I?  This sweet and young soul was going through her own treatment and suffering major pain, yet her thought was for other kids in the same situation.

So she and her parents started JoyJars, so named since Jessie’s middle name was Joy.  She first assembled brown-paper bags and filled them with trinkets and toys from her house.  They then switched to jars filled with items to hand out to children at the hospital.

The movement has grown since then.  According to the article, in 2012, 47,000 kids received JoyJars.  For more information, please see their site, http://www.negu.org/joy-jars/.

Wow!  That is a lot of children who have received a gift at a very hard time in their lives!  I was stunned that many jars had been given out.

Jessie passed away but sure made an amazing impact!  Thanks to her and her amazing parents for this movement and effort that they started!

I hope that we as adults can learn something from Jessie!  It is so important to think of others and what they may need.