"Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will repay him for his deed." (Proverbs 19:17)
It was a chilly Autumn morning a few years ago. I was driving along the
mountain roads slower than usual trying to take in all the Fall colors.
It seemed like all of the leaves had changed overnight. It looked as if
God in His good-humor and love had painted the mountains themselves
while we slept. The yellow and gold leaves were sparkling in the
sunshine. The red and orange ones were fluttering brilliantly in the
breeze. The deep, rich burgundies and earthy browns were appearing as
well. The few remaining green ones looked even better being surrounded
by the others. It was so glorious. It was a day made for happiness. Yet,
a part of me still felt sad, small, and insignificant in the midst of
all of this heaven sent beauty.
As I rounded a curve I suddenly saw an old man hurrying along the side
of the road. As soon as he saw me he raised his thumb, hoping for a
ride. I braked and pulled over to the side of the road. I opened the
door and the white haired man got in with a smile. He was hoping to make
it to the local post office and still have time to catch a bus. As I
drove along we laughed and talked about what a beautiful day it was.
Then just as I pulled over to drop him off he turned to me and said:
"Thanks son. You were heaven sent."
I drove away with a smile on my face and a light in my heart. I wasn't
sure if I had been "heaven sent" for him but he certainly had been
"heaven sent" for me. He had reminded me that I too was an important
part of God's creation and that I should enjoy taking my place in it. In
God's eyes none of us are small. None of us are insignificant. All of us
are Heaven sent.
We are here to help each other. We are here to share our love and our
kindness. We are here to make this world a better and more beautiful
place with our lives. May you always take your place in God's glorious
creation. May you always love well and shine bright.
Joseph J. Mazzella