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by: Karen Hartman
Growing up I was surrounded by people helping people. My grandparents were always giving their time to church and charitable causes. My Grandmother was a woman whose motto was “take time to smell the roses” and was a proud Episcopalian who played the organ at church for over 25 years. Grandma lived to be 105+ years old. Until she was over 100, she could be found playing music for her senior apartment residents for their weekly sing-alongs, chapel services and of course visiting the “older people” next door at the nursing home.Serving those around her. At home, I watched as my mother gave back to the community. From befriending seniors and helping them in their homes to working at the coffee/gift shop (25+ years) at the nursing home my grandmother lived next to. Today she continues checking in on her friends that are no longer living independently with phone calls and visits when the pandemic protocols allow. This summer the social climate in Minneapolis provided many opportunities for my family to give our time and energy to. As I reflect on our service to others, I find myself asking what more can I do? We are in a pandemic! Helping and serving others has been challenging with social distancing. We feel limited in what we can do but it’s not impossible! A phone call to someone who is alone or a simple meal delivered to a grieving neighbor demonstrates compassion and caring for others. As we move through the lenten season instead of giving up something consider making a commitment to care and serve others. Hebrews 13:16 "And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased." The Good News: One of the ways you can demonstrate your love for the Lord is to be compassionate and caring towards those you encounter here on Earth. Even small gestures can mean a great deal.