Goal: Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
OK, are you ready? Here’s my best five minutes on:
Connected. Sometimes I forget that I am connected to other people. I’ve been sick all week, so when my second grader came to me with her homework each night I suggested that she ask her dad for help. I forgot that I was connected. I wasn’t thinking about being connected.
This morning I read the homework for the first time. For lunch on Tuesday her teacher wants to have a buffet where each student brings something from their winter holiday traditions. Suddenly I remembered just how fully I am connected. I emailed her teacher to explain why my daughter’s homework hadn’t been completed and promised that I would bring the apple cranberry salad that has always been part of our family’s Christmas tradition. It’s bright green and red make a beautiful display on the table. It has apples because my great grandparents had a 90 acre apple orchard. Apples were present at every meal all year round
I know this because I am connected.
After emailing the teacher I spent some time online and I came across the following story:
OMAHA, NEBRASKA– The young father stood in line at the Kmart layaway counter, wearing dirty clothes and worn-out boots. With him were three small children. He asked to pay something on his bill because he knew he wouldn’t be able to afford it all before Christmas. Then a mysterious woman stepped up to the counter. “She told him, ‘No, I’m paying for it,'” recalled Edna Deppe, assistant manager at the store in Indianapolis. “He just stood there and looked at her and then looked at me and asked if it was a joke. I told him it wasn’t, and that she was going to pay for him. And he just busted out in tears.”
This holiday hero, and the others like her, reminded me we’re all connected. And I feel it again now. Deep within me I feel that connection I have with all other people. Wherever you find yourself this holiday season, my sincere prayer for you is that you know that you are not alone. You are loved. You are connected.
Father in Heaven, Thank you so much for these sweet reminders this morning. Forgive me for the times I fail to see how I am connected to those around me. Inspire me to reach out to those around me who seem to have lost their connection. Thank you for your constant effort to be connected to us. In Jesus name, amen.