❝Those who go out weeping, bearing the seed for sowing, shall come home with shouts of joy, carrying their sheaves.❞ Psalm 126:6
Reflection by Sheila O’Neal
Just about a year ago after I broke my leg, I was wheeled into a space barely big enough for a single bed, let alone any furniture, to spend an undetermined amount of time. I could not at that moment even get out of bed and was totally dependent on others for every need. I was mortified.
My first thought was, “tomorrow is Thanksgiving, and here I sit in a room that is stark and ugly.” After having a good cry, I decided I had two choices: I could be miserable for the yet undetermined time, or I could make it my mission to bring the light of our Lord to my environment. I decided that I was not going to be miserable, and I was going to do my best to bring the light of our Lord to every encounter.
Then I opened my tablet and read my first “Think Outside the Manger” Advent reflection, and oh my, was I in the right place to find Jesus outside the manger! My mission was not only bring him, but to find him in others.
In this place of constant chaos I found him everywhere. I found him in the loving care the staff gave, in the prayers my 105-year-old roommate spoke every evening, and in watching two people in wheelchairs pulling each other down the hall to the dining room.
Someone asked me “What did you learn from your experience?” I learned that grace comes when we are ready to receive it with an open, grateful heart, and that treasures can be found in the most unlikely places. I came home a much richer woman.