|Sep 30, 2016||She's Valuable|
|Sep 29, 2016||Defender of the Weak|
|Sep 28, 2016||Powerless|
|Sep 27, 2016||Put a Plug in the Jug|
|Sep 26, 2016||A Bear of a Different Color|
|Sep 25, 2016||Ayuh|
|Sep 24, 2016||Clean|
|Sep 23, 2016||Stress is Old|
|Sep 22, 2016||Boom|
|Sep 21, 2016||Apocalypse Wow|
|Sep 20, 2016||What's Old is New|
|Sep 19, 2016||A Bone to Pick|
|Sep 18, 2016||It's Not Just a Game|
|Sep 17, 2016||Desiderata|
|Sep 16, 2016||Torture Tickle|
|Sep 15, 2016||Fast Food Moms|
|Sep 14, 2016||You Don't Have to Take It|
|Sep 13, 2016||The Secret Code for Selling|
|Sep 12, 2016||A Pleasant Illusion|
|Sep 11, 2016||New New York|
|Sep 10, 2016||Light Bulb|
|Sep 9, 2016||Some Smaht|
|Sep 8, 2016||Reasonably Irrational|
|Sep 7, 2016||Canticle of Brother Sun by St. Francis|
|Sep 6, 2016||Follow First|
|Sep 5, 2016||Hero to Bum|
|Sep 4, 2016||Hey, Yogi!|
|Sep 3, 2016||Take Heart|
|Sep 2, 2016||Hospitable|
|Sep 1, 2016||Prison Needle|
Title: She's Valuable
Date: September 30, 2016
The old woman was homebound, almost bed bound. I sipped my hot lemon tea with her at the kitchen table in her home in the fading afternoon light. She said that she wished she was somewhere else, anywhere else, younger maybe, and physically able again.
In the '30's she was a Manhattan hot babe in stiletto heels, with red lips and big brains, and the drive to do what most men said could never be done – should never be done. She was the first woman reporter at the New York Times and she bested them all. She was brighter, a better writer, and adept at asking probing questions to get printable answers.
In the ‘90’s, she came to my Bible study where she displayed her charm and brains to boot. Time passed and with it went her ability to attend our Bible study, or to leave her house.
Over our tea she lamented, "I'm useless now. I just wish I was useful."
I tried to talk her out of her melancholy, saying how she had forced me to rethink a certain idea that we had discussed. "No," she insisted, "I'm useless. I can't read. I can't write. I can’t do."
Let's Pray: Dear God, for all those, especially the elderly who feel useless, let Your argument of love succeed where words fail. Let them learn that often, merely by being, or allowing others to care for them, that they are truly, lovingly, useful. They help the souls of the able. Amen.
Today's Thought Is: Letting others show love through caring is a blessing given.