How often in our lives does someone reach out their hand to us because they need a little help joining us where we are?
How often do we help when that person is someone we love or know very well?
How often do we turn a blind eye to that person we do not know?
We were taught as children to not talk to strangers. As parents we teach that lesson to our children today. We don’t want our children to be abducted or harmed in any way. It’s sad that we live in fear of “strangers”. Now, we consider the “stranger’s plea” one that we can ignore because our feelings are distant and cautious. Much to our detriment we have made certain people into “strangers”. As an adult we need to get to know people and not have strangers in our lives but acquaintances and friends. There is this constant perception of “us” and “them”. The truth is that God created all of US. We are all brothers and sisters of God. Teaching our children to be safe and cautious is important and I am not trying to belittle it. However, as adults we need to mature in all aspects including our understanding of our fellow man and who our neighbor truly is.
There are hands reached out to us constantly in need. Our prayers to God should be aided in our care for others. We are the hands and feet of Christ. If we don’t help our neighbor who will? The simple act of returning eye contact and acknowledging the existence of another is the first step in caring for another person. Look for those hands today and reflect on what you can do to help.