"Refuse no one the good on which he has a claim when it is in your power to do it for him."
Our son and his family came over for dinner the other night. Three-year old Mayzie said, "Grandma, come and play with me." There was a pretty important conversation going on at the table, but I went with her to our "elevator". It’s the little space just inside our front door. She brings blankets and a pillow and stuffed animals and anything else we’ll need for our ride. We sit down on the rug and she pushes a "button" on the wall and we go up and down and up and down and sometimes we even let her little sister Addie go with us. It would have been so easy to miss this latest adventure with my granddaughter, but thankfully, I said yes and got on board. Just before I went back to the table, she gave me a big bear hug and said "I love you Grandma!" How many of those have I missed because I was too busy? And how many opportunities do we miss each day to "do good" for another when it is in our power to do it for them? Even a smile can make someone’s day brighter. I believe the Holy Spirit prompts us all the time with ideas for blessing someone else. Don’t miss those promptings! Let’s keep our hearts and minds open for ways to let God’s love touch another through us today.
Janice Carleton and her husband Jim live in Portland, OR and partner with Passionist Fr. Cedric Pisegna in Fr. Cedric Ministries. Janice also leads women’s retreats. She is the mother of 4 grown children and grandmother of 2, soon to be 3.