Today's daily devotion

Her World

Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.—ROMANS 12:10 [NIV]

The heat of her house? Stifling. The dust? Impenetrable. The creaking and groaning of floors? A tuba out of tune. The odor? Appalling. The mountains of stuff? Non-negotiable.

I took a deep breath, braced myself and tapped on her front door. “It’s me, Miss Mabel!” I called out.

“C’mon in!” she said.

I gently opened the door and maneuvered my way through the dangerous pathway she’d carved over the years. One slight step off the narrow track would doubtless initiate a tumbling of boxes, figurines, newspapers, clothes and bottles. Still, I smiled as I sat down by her bed. “How are you today?”

“I’m fit as a fiddle. You?”

“Busy as a bee on a hive.”

We laughed at our oft-repeated exchange. “Need me to do anything for you today, Miss M? Dishes? Laundry?

“Why, yes. Let’s snap those beans,” she said, pointing to a bag of freshly picked half-runners.

And for an hour we broke beans. Our lively conversation took as many turns as the snapping turns of our fingers.

When I left, I took a long, deep breath of fresh air, and yet my heart beat full to overflowing from the blessing of passing time with Miss Mabel, the condition of her house notwithstanding.

Father, thank you for reminding me that helping others means I enter their world just as it is. Help me focus on what matters most.

Adapted from
Strength & Grace Magazine

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