Monday, June 4, 2012

Youth...

Just a quick sweet moment witnessed at church today to inspire you...
Our dear neighbor died a few days ago after many battles with cancer. She was amazing and so kind. Even after many injuries and many rounds of chemo she showed up to every activity, she walked our loop daily and had a hello for everyone. Her loss was deeply felt by the ward (as testimony meeting today proved). Although she was loved by everyone, no one loved her more than her dear husband who stayed with her night and day. She fell and broke her hip a few weeks ago and never recovered...
Today we were sitting behind her husband, Dick, at church. He was sitting by himself for the first part of sacrament. When the sacrament ended, two of the priests in our ward came down from blessing the sacrament and sat down next to Dick. As they sat down one of the young boys, Parker, leaned over to him and said no one should sit alone in this ward with a smile. Dick returned his smile and patted him on the knee. I was so touched by the actions of these two young men but as I sat there and looked at them I was even more overcome. One of these young boys comes from a home without a father. His dad is around, a nice person and involved but not the foundational figure in his life. Last year this boy almost died. In a few hours he went from normal to near death from a violent infection. There was about a 24-36 hour period that the doctors did not believe he would make it through. His full recovery took many weeks. The second young man comes from a family of 13 (it might be 12) adopted children. He is the last child and his father died a few years ago. He just recently gave a talk in sacrament about how hard the loss of his father had been. I have heard both mothers on many occasions express what a blessing these young men have been in their lives...
It is clear that sorrow, trials and hardships do not discriminate by age...but it is even more clear that kindness, empathy and love are not limited by age either...what a blessing to belong to a church and community where our seventeen year olds support our seventy year olds and our seventy year olds inspire our 12 year olds - I drove the deacons to the temple for their weekly trip and one young man expressed how he couldn't stop crying at the funeral because of how neat a lady our neighbor was :) Sometimes small things do have a big impact...
Have a good week :)

4 comments:

Leah Prince said...

That is sweet. I am glad I read it.

merathon said...

sounds like you really have a close-knit ward. it's so refreshing to see youth "rise up" in moments like these-- such a contrast to all the horrible stories you hear about youth today.

katharine said...

thanks for sharing. its always nice to hear something uplifting - especially about youth

Editt said...

Thank you for sharing! It makes me think about how I want to be as a neighbor and what kind of boys I want to raise. Very beautiful and inspiring.