Spoonful of Heaven   Leave a comment

Last night at dinner, a friend said, “What do I know? … How can I be tellin’ other people what to do when I don’t even know what to do for myself sometimes.”

Immediately an image that had been tucked away from a long time ago resurfaced. It was a cartoon I had seen—the first frame was titled “Hell.” It contained a group of about eight people seated around a gigantic, deep wooden bowl of food. They were frowning in distress with furrowed brow and gaping mouth, gripping long spoons with handles that extended beyond the length of their arms. They were gaunt with starvation. The spoons were so long that they passed their mouths beyond their shoulders, making it impossible to feed themselves.

The second frame in the cartoon was titled “Heaven.” At first glance, it appeared to be the same. Eight people surrounding a gigantic bowl of food with each person holding a yardstick-sized spoon. However, this group was rosy-cheeked and grinning ear to ear.

Each person held out a spoon that was just long enough to reach across the bowl and feed another.

Quite often we don’t know what to do for ourselves; but when we are open to the help of others who can see more clearly our needs, we are both blessed beyond measure.

Posted July 19, 2010 by doreenbirdsell in Snacks for the Spirit

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