"Anyone who loves their brother and sister lives in the light, and there is nothing in them to make them stumble." (1 John 2:10)
It had been a long, hour and a half drive to the
Veteran’s hospital. My brother and I had gone to visit my Dad who had been admitted days earlier, weak, sick, and confused.
The doctor had diagnosed pneumonia and found cancer cells on his brain. My Dad looked so sad
lying there in bed. It wasn’t just the illness that was getting to him. It was also being so
far away from his family and friends.
As I sat by his bed a little woman with a big smile walked into his room. She
was eighty years old if she was a day but seemed to have the vitality of someone sixty
years younger. She was a volunteer delivering handmade get well cards from the local elementary
school. Gently, she took my Dad’s hand and thanked him for his service to our country. It was
the first time since he got sick that I saw my Dad smile. I followed her into the hallway as
she left and thanked her for lifting my Dad’s spirits. “I am just sharing a little love, sweetie”,
she said with a smile as she walked into the next patient’s room to share a little more.
That eighty year old angel reminded me again of what is essential in this life:
sharing our love. When we share our love we create joy not only in the hearts of those
around us, but in our own hearts as well. When we share our love we find ourselves doing what we were
always meant to do. When we share our love we make our souls lighter, our lives
brighter, and the world better.
Sharing love is scared, precious, and holy. Sharing love does the work of God.
Sharing love makes the Earth feel more like Heaven. May you share a little love every single
day of your life.
May you share it with a smile on your face and a smile in your heart. May you
make that love your gift to God, your gift to others, and your gift to yourself.
By: Joseph J. Mazzella