Yesterday was a day filled with gratitude. How wonderful it feels to be thanked for an effort that you feel is really more of a gift to you. One homeowner expressed her thanks and choked up as she said “Thank you, thank you, thank you. God will repay each of you because I have nothing I can give you for changing my life.” After numerous translated offers of gratitude from various members of the community and the homeowners we were working with, our friend Bruce from California said it well when he reminded the whole community of Getsemaní that no, the gratitude is not due us, but rather “it has been our HONOR to have the opportunity to support YOU.” It gave me chills when he said it and so it does again as I write it now. It was our honor.
There are so many in this world that have less than us, and it may be overwhelming to think about how we can possibly make a difference. But I am reminded of the story of the little boy on the beach filled with thousands of starfish left on the sand by the receding tide. As he tossed them back into the water, a stranger asked him why he bothered, as his efforts in the face of thousands of starfish could not possibly matter. The boy tossed one more starfish in the ocean and replied “it mattered to that one.”
To our friends in Getsemaní this Holy Week, it mattered.
–Myers Park Presbyterian Church Team