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CONNECTED FOR LIFE
Do you find yourself pulling away from others, especially if you've
experienced a crisis or deep disappointment? We need other people and
we'll never thrive as human beings in isolation.
A man, who lost his wife to cancer, found himself wanting to be alone. In
time he dropped out of his worshipping community and curtailed all of the
activities he and his wife had shared for so many years. He increasingly
kept to himself. He quit socializing at work and returned straight home to
an empty house. He turned down invitations from friends and co-workers.
His leisure time was now spent watching television or working in his shop
in the basement.
His contact with people dwindled until friends became alarmed that he
might live out his life as a recluse. One came by to visit and to invite
him over for supper the next evening. The two old friends sat in
comfortable chairs by a warm fireplace. The visitor extended the
invitation and encouraged him to allow others to share his pain. The man
responded that he figured that he was better off without being around
other people, who seemed to remind him of all he had lost. And besides, it
was just too difficult to get out anymore.
They sat in silence for a while, watching the wood burn in the fireplace.
Then the visitor did an unusual thing. He took the tongs from the rack,
reached into the fire, pulled out a flaming ember and laid it down by
itself on the hearth. He still said nothing. Both men silently watched the
red-hot ember lose its glow and turn slowly into a crusty, black lump.
After some moments, the man turned to his companion and said, "I get
the message, my friend. I'll be over tomorrow evening."
We cannot survive in any healthy way by ourselves. The leaf needs the
branch. The branch needs the trunk. The trunk needs the roots. And the
roots need the rest of the tree. We are connected.
And in that connection we find life.
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