Your simple act of kindness today brought me to tears.
It was a simple thing really. I finally got up the courage to ask for a bit of help, and you said yes. Just like that. You didn’t take time to think about it. You just said yes. And you didn’t just say yes, you insisted that there must be even more you could do to help. And you actually sounded glad that I had asked, which boggles the mind really (or at least my mind). And you even took it one step further and emphatically told me not to ever not ask.
And before I even realized what was happening, or even understood why, the tears began to fall. And I felt a burden lifting. A small burden that yet felt so overwhelming before your easy, gracious answer of yes. This burden that had seemed so big before now seemed…manageable. And that gave me encouragement. Like maybe I could do this—this life thing that I now do so carefully and hesitantly without Roger. And I didn’t feel so alone. And I didn’t feel so “on my own.”
Sometimes I forget that when you ask God for help, sometimes (ok, most of the time) the way He helps is by showing up in the heart and hands and feet of others. And sometimes I forget that God designed us not to be independent, but interdependent.
“Two are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble.” –Ecclesiastes 4:9-10
“A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer.” –Ecclesiastes 4:12
Friend, I hope someday you will ask me for help. I hope you will let me show up for you. I hope you will let me stand back-to-back with you and help you conquer whenever you feel “attacked and defeated.” It would be a privilege. A really awesome privilege.
Thank you. Know that I love you and would consider it an honor to stand back-to-back with you anytime, anywhere and on any given day.