Daily Devotion Monday, September 18, 2017
"Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your neighbor’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?”
A Word of Hope
I have never helped someone get something out of their eye! Most people will take care of that themselves. But I do understand the meaning Jesus was trying to convey in this parable. A Facebook friend gave me a perfect modern-day example recently. For no particular reason, she posted "Don't forget to put on your own oxygen mask before assisting others."
We recently observed in our church how our own pastors and staff of our church were helping us through the grief for someone very dear to them and to us! I kept asking my precious pastor what he was doing to take care of himself. He didn't have very good answers!
You see, we expect pastors and other care givers to take care of our spiritual needs, but we seldom think of their own suffering. We take Sunday off (or days off work) when we need time to heal or grieve. But we would never expect to show up on Sunday morning and find a whole substitute staff conducting our Sunday worship! But shouldn't we?
I know that in helping us grieve, they also began their own process as well. They did a great job of having counselors help all of us with the process. But I think next time something like this happens, I will grab my oxygen mask and instead of asking how they are doing, I will try to be more proactive!
Dear God of all healing; We thank you for those who are your agents on this earth to help us heal. Help us be aware of times when they need our help. Make us aware of all those in our lives who need us to help them in their times of need.