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On Labor Day we labor

I don’t know if you remember Labor Day when you were in AIM, but I specifically remember that on Labor Day, we labored.

Now I worship with a group of people that are carrying out that same idea. This Labor Day we will labor. There are lots of things at the building that can be done and I’m sure we’ll have some fun while we’re doing it.

When it was announced on Wednesday night I was reminded of the Labor Day when I was in AIM. If my memory serves me correctly (which it rarely does) I believe that the group I was with went out by the Heritage Apartments on 4th Street. We went through that neighborhood offering to mow lawns, pick up trash, etc. We wanted to help people … show them that there were some people left in the world that did good things for others.

We met a girl that was very interested in getting to know us better. She needed some friends. She visited the apartments once in awhile and began to develop a relationship with some of us. She came banging on my door in the middle of the night one time … she was terrified. Some old memories had started creeping up on her and she had gotten really scared. She stayed the night with us so she could feel safe.

She ended up having to go to a facility for a while to work on some things in her head that she couldn’t get settled down. I can remember going to visit her. I was so scared. I had never been in a place like that before. We had a good time and eventually she was able to leave for a few hours a week to go to movies with us. I would like to think she was encouraged by that.

I don’t know what happened to her. I’m not sure that we had a lasting impact on her or showed her Jesus in the way we intended. But I know that she had a lasting impact on me. I think of her often and wonder how she’s doing. That relationship helped me learn to love and to give even when someone appears to have nothing to give in return.

Jesus loves us like that. He loves us “anyway”. I read in a book that “God’s love is not if or because, it’s always“. I like that. I think it’s impossible for us to love unconditionally, but He gives us the example to follow. For while we were still sinners He died for us … while we were still enemies … He saved us.

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Comments on: "On Labor Day we labor" (3)

  1. That’s awesome! Kind of funny, too, because I was thinking the other day about Labour Days when I was an aim student… and then as an aim assistant, when a few of us tried (unsuccessfully) to persuade the powers that were to make the aim students make lunch that day, on the basis that we had done it a couple of years previously and no one had died. That we know of.

    Every now and then I wonder about the kids who lived next door to us. We used to play with them, give them popsicles, and whatnot… and then we were gone. They would be adults now– I wonder what has become of them.

    IT’S INTERESTING TO THINK ABOUT KIDS THAT YOU KNEW THAT WOULD NOW BE ADULTS. YOU COULD BE STANDING RIGHT BESIDE THEM AND NOT EVEN KNOW IT. I ACTUALLY RAN INTO ONE OF MY EX-STUDENTS AT THE STORE THE OTHER DAY … HE’S NOW IN COLLEGE. HE SAW ME, HUGGED ME, THEN BACKED UP AND SAID, “HOW ARE YOU MS. FOREMAN?” I COULD TELL HE WAS THINKING, “I SHOULDN’T HAVE JUST HUGGED MY TEACHER.”

  2. oakesclan said:

    To show such kindness to someone that the world seems to have forgotten all about…to take the time when no one else is watching…to invest yourself in someone who can’t give back…to listen to someone’s heart when you’re not sure what the outcome will be…to try to be a friend when you don’t know where or how far it will lead you…this all reminds me of a young middle eastern man who, a couple of milleniums ago, went around acting the same way. He did and does it for us, doesn’t he? Freely we have received…may we freely give in His blessed Name and for His honor and glory. He is the reason people like you and your fellow AIM-ers still inhabit planet earth. And, while I hope you find all the peace and rest your soul needs in Him, I hope you never take a holiday from loving others like your Teacher does.

    I LIKE THE WAY YOU SAY THAT. IT’S HARD FOR IT TO SINK IN SOMETIMES THAT BEING LIKE JESUS CAN ACTUALLY BE “TAKING SOMEONE TO THE MOVIE”, OR “MOWING THEIR LAWN”. I MAKE IT A LOT MORE COMPLICATED THAN IT NEEDS TO BE.

  3. And what a “labor” day we had!! It was good for my heart to see everyone working together…and working so productively!! What a place…and what a God we have that brought us all together. It was a good day~~

    Paige…I see you do good things so often, and never expect any recognition or comment…you do the good that is put before you so very very well. I am blessed by you and your example!

    THANKS SHERRY. GOD REALLY BLESSED US YESTERDAY DIDN’T HE! IT REALLY MEANT A LOT TO ME THAT SO MANY PEOPLE WERE WILLING TO COME. I NEEDED TO SEE SOMETHING LIKE THAT.

    I APPRECIATE YOUR ENCOURAGEMENT. I FEEL LIKE I HAVE A BAD ATTITUDE MOST OF THE TIME, BUT I PRETEND HE’S SITTING ON THAT SHELF AND IT HELPS 🙂 . I THINK THAT YOU AND I WORK WELL TOGETHER AND HAVE THE SAME IDEAS ABOUT THAT … IF YOU SEE SOMETHING THAT NEEDS TO BE DONE … DO IT. THANKS FOR YOUR WILLINGNESS.

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