Saturday, November 1, 2014
Day 295, November 1
"I never knew I could suffer so much. And then, at the same time, you think; now I'm ready to open myself up to life in another way, to make it worth something and make it about the right things and not waste time." ~ Gwyneth Paltrow, Vanity Fair
Shortly after my sister died, my son Rob sent me a card with the counsel "You've served your sister well. Now it's time to serve someone else."
I recognized the truth in the advice even as my heart rebelled against it. How could I possibly open my heart to another, especially when there was a hole big enough to drive a semi-truck through?
But I resolved to try.
At the same time, I was assigned to be the visiting teacher to a sister in our ward who is not able to attend church. This sweet lady is paralyzed on one side after suffering a stroke and lives in a care home. I decided I wouldn't be a "once-a-month" visiting teacher. I would visit as often as I could. With each visit, I brought a treat--chocolate, of course--and took delight in my new friend's pleasure in the small gift. Soon, my visits became more than a church calling and turned into a joy.
My son was right: I need to serve someone else.
Joy for today: learning from a son.