Are you familiar with the allegory of the long spoons? It is a parable where a woman is shown Heaven and Hell. In both situations, the people are seated around tables brimming with sumptuous food. Their only eating utensils are very long spoons. In Hell, the people are gaunt and miserable since they are unable to feed themselves. In Heaven, the people are happy and well-fed. Here they have taken their supposed disadvantage of the unwieldy spoons and used them to feed each other.
We have more or less found ourselves in this situation this past week. My husband fell on the ice last Wednesday, suffered a concussion and two fractured vertebrae. He had to be taken to the hospital in an ambulance. What does this have to do with the Everyday Ways blog? Well, when our neighbors learned of our situation, they came together and rallied around our family, blessing us with an overabundance of prayers, get well wishes, messages of concern and offers to help our family. A complete stranger even offered to help us with the snow shoveling! I kept thinking that this was heaven on earth. Literally. Could it be that Heaven and Hell are how we treat each other? In Matthew 3:2, Jesus is quoted as “. . . Repent, the kingdom of heaven is at hand,” Not to get too preachy, but how many times have we been told to “Love One Another”? Maybe in today’s vernacular, this could be marketed as the quick and easy way to joy and happiness. Just saying. I was certainly touched by all the kindnesses shown to us.
Have the best week,
“You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.” Ralph Waldo Emerson