Friday, February 20, 2015

#1000Speak for Compassion

It has finally reached the date, February 20th, for the #1000 Voices Speak for Compassion. It's been on Facebook continually, and some have already addressed it in the blogs. Here is my voice for compassion.

Several months ago, our church agreed to take on a program sponsored by our local council on poverty and needs. This program was to go beyond the delivery of Meals on Wheels on the weekdays to delivering meals to the home bound on a Sunday at noon, and taking some time to visit with the client. My hubby and I signed up to do deliveries, one Sunday a month.

Our client was "Joe". Joe has a debilitating muscle disorder that has become progressively worse over a 20+ year span, and he is only in his early fifties. He is confined to a wheel chair with his legs useless and his hands and arms only partially useful. Our first meeting with Joe was a little uncomfortable. We weren't sure how much we needed to help him with the food we were bringing, but he was very understanding and let us know what we needed to do. An engineer friend had designed a portable table for him to use from his wheelchair. He directed us to an apron to put on him, so that his dinner didn't end up on his clothes. His struggle to stay in his home and remain independent is very inspirational. 

Over time, Joe and my husband and I have become friends.  We take his meal to him on our designated Sunday. I have become more comfortable helping him cut up his food, arranging things for his use, and enjoying our conversations. He recently asked us to stop to pick up food for ourselves so we could eat as a threesome. We hold his crippled hands as we offer a prayer before eating. 

We don't know how long Joe will be able to stay in his home independently.  He now has a fellow living with him who helps him dress in the morning and get ready for bed at night in exchange for a place to live. Another person cleans his house and makes sure his laundry is done. His sister lives nearby and stops to check up on him and his helpers, making lists of things that need to be done. 

Joe's mind is sharp and he lives in a world of confinement, enjoying a chance to visit with folks who can ignore his disability and enjoy his conversation. Our hearts are full with our friendship with Joe.

Linda Kay

25 comments:

Lexa Cain said...

What a lovely and inspirational story! It's lucky that Joe lives in such a giving community of people who can appreciate those who are different and offer them support. Have a lovely weekend! :)
(Lexa from the Celebrate blog hop)

Janie Junebug said...

God bless your sweet heart, Linda Kay. You don't just talk the talk. You walk the walk, and you footsteps follow those of our Savior.

Love,
Janie

Rebecca said...

What a blessing you are.

Cathrina Constantine said...

Hello, Linda, nice to meet you. Works of mercy are beautiful in God's eyes and ours.

eViL pOp TaRt said...

What a nice, caring thing to do!

Shelah Maul said...

What a beautiful story, thank you for sharing! :)

TexWisGirl said...

bless this man and all who care for him - including you two.

lorilmaclaughlin.com said...

What a wonderful thing you are doing. So many lives are richer because of it.

Gosia k said...

It is a great idea to help disabled people..

Anvilcloud said...

God for you doing this. Joe sounds like a good guy living life with as good an attitude as he can manage.

Dixie@dcrelief said...

How very kind of your husband and you to take this many steps further than the program suggested. Many blessings, Linda Kay, to you and to Joe. (smile)

Anita said...

Heartwarming. You & your hubby are sweet folks.
Hope we all are selfless and chose to serve. Cheers to compassion!
God bless.

Anita said...

Heartwarming. You & your hubby are sweet folks.
Hope we all are selfless and chose to serve. Cheers to compassion!
God bless.

Mike said...

Keep up the good work!

Terri @ Coloring Outside the Lines said...

Bless your kind spirits. Have a wonderful weekend.

Betsy Adams said...

Just think what could happen in our country IF every single person would do something like you and hubby are doing. There are so many legitimate needs out there... Wish we could get rid of those who really don't need help--yet demand it...

God Bless You for what you are doing and God Bless our churches who are participating in this.
Hugs,
Betsy

Amy at love made my home said...

What a wonderful thing you are doing! It sounds as though you are developing a good friendship in both directions. I can only say that if you are not sure what Joe needs, just say that you don't know and can he please feel free to let you know, or just ask on a case by case basis. You are doing that really well already though by the sounds of it!! I am sure that you are getting along wonderfully and being a great help and friend to Joe!! xx

Val said...

What, to me, is so wonderful about giving is that it helps the recipient, as well as the giver. I know your heart is full and your friendship with Joe fills you with compassion and love.
I will pray that he can live independently for a long time to come.

William Kendall said...

A lovely story to share!

Linda said...

Beautiful and inspiring, Linda.

Far Side of Fifty said...

I haven't heard of this project...but it sounds like you have made a friend who really needs one:)

Romi C said...

This is a beautiful example of compassion.

Roohi Bhatnagar said...

You are a great friend.. May world be full of people like you.. :)

Soulful - I belong to you, you belong to me

ImagesByCW | C. Willison said...

Wonderful. Thanks for sharing your heartwarming story with us. I am hoping that you and Joe will have many more enjoyable meals together.

Rory Bore said...

Oh THIS!! this this this. Compassion in action. Love it. Looking past one's disabilities...and our own discomfort and doing what needs doing. Seeing them with the Father's Eyes and loving them with His heart.
A beautiful think you are doing. Thank you!

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