If you’ve been alive a couple of decades or more, I’m sure you’ve heard the description Disneyland has for itself: “the happiest place on earth”. Well, if you’ve been reading some of the headlines lately, you may have also heard there’s no joy there for some people. As I write this, it appears there have been over 70 people infected with measles.
They’re discovering cases of measles in places outside California, and that proves it’s a small world after all. Sorry…couldn’t resist. But it does show how we humans are more connected than we’d often care to admit.
Of course, I see that as an opportunity to “love your neighbor as yourself“, but maybe you think since your neighbor might have a disease it’s better to steer clear. Let’s think about that for a minute. If you were the one with the disease, would you want your “neighbor” to steer clear? Or would you prefer that someone, anyone, could care enough about his neighbor to nurture you back to health?
I know when I’m sick, it gives me great joy to have someone bring me soup and juice and a blanket. My wife brings me smoothies, hot tea or coffee, and essential oils for easier breathing and pain relief. What a blessing it is to receive that T.L.C.
When something like that measles outbreak happens, that’s a time people should rise to the occasion. Each person, using his or her talents and skills, can bring comfort to the sick and hurting. Some can even develop cures and preventions for the diseases. Others may simply be the loving touch a sick person needs. The point is, looking to blame, prosecute, and persecute are selfish acts.
Looking for ways to nurture, nourish, and love your neighbor can bring joy back to even the “happiest place on earth”.
What talents, gifts, or skills will you share?