To See Them

She was stuck as we made our way quickly through the isle, looking frantically for the cheapest band aids to cover yet another wound on Micah’s bleeding leg. Sitting in her wheelchair, she tried to get past us but couldn’t move. Backing the stroller up, I figured her problems would be solved. Then quickly dad stepped in, calmly stood behind her wheelchair and asked her in a friendly, reassuring manner where she needed to go. She immediately pointed to the honey and he helped get her there. There was no mistaking her gratitude.

He stood on the side walk, holding a paper cup, shaking it as if to make a point that he did not have many coins in it yet. One of the 7th Avenue regulars. As we passed, dad stopped for a moment and with his usual sense of humor, marked with obvious compassion, joked with the man, “You haven’t made it rich yet?” The man laughed and answered with a knowing smile, “Nope! Not yet!” I usually just pass the man by with out as much as a glance in his direction. I figure if I’m wise enough not to give him money then I’m better off having nothing to do with him unless the odd “Good Samaritan” instinct hits every blue moon and I offer to buy him something from the grocery store. I’m ashamed to say, that has not happened in many months now. Yet dad not only took note of the man but was immediately able to identify with him and his situation, brightening his face for a moment as a result since he perceived the man could use a good laugh. Perhaps humor really is the best medicine!

Just another day spent exploring the streets I have come to love and know like the back of my hand yet lessons were learned today and an example given that will keep me looking around more frequently for opportunities to serve as I do the routine and regular. Brooklyn is full of needy people. If I can only more actively pursue humility and compassion, then I will see them.

“To the weak, I have become weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all men so that by all possible means I might save some. I do it all for the sake of the gospel, that I might share in its blessing.” ~1 Corinthians 9:22

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4 Responses to To See Them

  1. Grace says:

    Good for dad…he always has been such a softie:) I’m sure when you live there long enough you start not even noticing all the need around you…but great that you want that to change:)

  2. Anonymous says:

    I am proud of him! Mom

  3. Corrin says:

    I had a terrific visit with your mom last week, but it made me miss you :)I don’t know if you post links to other people’s blogs, but I’d love to have you share our new blog with your readers if you do. We only have three months till we are off to Nigeria!!!Blessings,Corrinwww.clifandcorrin.comtales of LIFE in Yola, Nigeria

  4. Shannon says:

    You are so right Susanna! Even I sometimes grow blind to the neediness of others and unfortunately, I think it’s because of what I do for a living the incredible amount of neediness I see. I perhaps have become a little insensitive to it with so much exposure. I’m not sure if it’s insensitivity or just indifferent. Thank you for the reminder that I need to really think about where these people are coming from and that they are human, just like me, but with some very unfortunate circumstances.

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