“In helping others, we shall help ourselves, for whatever good we give out completes the circle and comes back to us.”
– Flora Edwards
It’s hard to think about planting seeds in the dead of winter but I wish to share two quick stories about soul work.
A few weeks ago the pastor of May’s Chapel United Methodist Church asked for prayers from the congregation for a man on an agricultural mission planting fields of food at an orphanage in Haiti. She went on to explain how her husband is basically working in silence, as few natives in that area speak English. His communication with his worker-bees is very limited and words must be thought out very carefully for others to understand.
I came home and began pondering other stories of those who do self-less acts to benefit others through the work they do all over the world. Not everyone has the capacity to contribute to a better world in such a manner. It takes a very special person. But through volunteering in our communities each one of us can do our small share to spread joy and hope or improve the lives of others.
The most powerful soul work narrative I have ever seen goes back to a movie I saw in the early 1960’s called Lilies of the Field, starring Sidney Poitier. If you haven’t seen it, I’d highly recommend this story about a thirsty environment and bringing nourishment to others. It’s a great movie to watch in the dead of winter.