God Gave You

God Gave You

Several months back, I was at an event sponsored by the Athenaeum of Ohio. Even now, I still think about the brief talk that Fr. O’Cinnsealaigh gave that evening.

During his talk, he mentioned praying to God about all the pain and hurt and suffering that goes on in the world—from natural disasters to the loss of a job. He prayed that God should “do something… do something for these people who are hurting.” The answer he received is not what he had expected. God said, “I did do something. I gave them you.”

I think about that at least once a week, if not once a day. I think about what I can do to alleviate someone’s pain—even if it is just in a small way. Invite someone for dinner who needs companionship. Offer a ride to work for someone who cannot drive herself. Smile at someone who seems to be having a bad day. All of these are small, relatively easy things to do…but they may make a big difference to the person for whom you do them.

God gave ME to help ease the pain of others. How can I live up to that challenge every day?

 

****Photo from shutterstock.com/ Christos Georghiou

 
 

About the Author

Angela Glassmeyer is the institutional marketing and sales manager at Franciscan Media. She is blessed with three amazing children and a husband who both encourages and inspires her. She loves to entertain and feed large crowds of family and friends, but does not love the cleanup that comes with it. Angela has been actively involved at St. James of the Valley for almost twenty years and has served as the PSR coordinator since 2005.