'Let everyone see that you are unselfish.' Philippians 4:5 TLB
A young American nurse tells of a patient called Eileen. Brain damage had left her with no control over her body. The doctors thought she was totally unconscious, unable to feel pain, unaware of anything going on around her. The hospital staff turned her every hour to prevent bedsores, and fed her twice a day through a stomach tube. 'When it's this bad,' an older nurse told her, 'you have to detach yourself emotionally.' As a result Eileen came to be treated as just a job. But one student nurse decided to treat her differently. She talked to Eileen, sang to her, and even brought her little gifts. One Thanksgiving Day she said to Eileen, 'It was supposed to be my day off, but I couldn't miss seeing you on Thanksgiving.' Just then the telephone rang. As the nurse turned to answer it she looked quickly back at the patient: 'Eileen was looking at me...crying. Big damp circles stained her pillow.' That was the only human emotion Eileen ever showed. But it was enough to change the attitude of the entire hospital staff toward her. Not long afterward Eileen died. The nurse closes her story by saying 'I keep thinking about her...I owe her an awful lot. Except for Eileen I might never have known what it's like to give myself to someone who can't give back.'
So what now? Love in its highest form means giving to those who seem to have little or nothing to give back. Is there someone you need to show that kind of love to?
Soulfood: Gen 4-6, John 11:17-27, Ps 150, Prov 30:29-33