Thoughts for the Month


February is a month that is almost in ‘no man’s land.’ We are now, well into a new year; it is still winter and it is the shortest month of the year. So, what could, or indeed should, we be looking at or thinking about.

This is the month when we celebrate St Valentine’s Day when we think of those we love and let them know that we do. It is not just about loving our nearest and dearest, is it? It is being there for someone else when they need you.

Today, I was walking home when suddenly, I found myself falling – I had missed the edge of the pavement and misjudged its height. I hit the ground with great force and lay there, shaken and scared. Why scared? I have had hip and knee replacements and falling is not a good idea. I would need to get up but I could only do so by kneeling first and that, I cannot do. How was I to get up?

Suddenly, I saw a pair of very shiny black shoes next to me, and looking up, I saw a very concerned young man. ‘Are you alright? Can I help? I have my car here; let me drive you home.’ Amazing! How was it that he just happened to be driving by as I fell and, not only that, he stopped and came to my aid? He helped me up, and though shaken and very sore, I was able to thank him for his help and assure him that I did not need a lift as I only lived around the corner. He was certainly ‘my guardian angel’ today.

I knew there was a verse somewhere that fitted the situation and sure enough, I found it. ‘Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour. For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow; but woe to him nthat is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up.’                                                                               (Ecclesiastes Ch. 4 vv. 9 – 10)

I was alone but the young man came to my assistance just when I needed him.

It made me think of the story of the Good Samaritan. How often have we passed by on the other side? We need to be much more aware of those around us; much more aware of the needs of others. It is very easy to look at a situation and make a judgement without any evidence to support it.

I remember as a student, walking through Oxford early one morning. Suddenly, I saw a man collapse on the pavement on the other side of the road. To my horror, I saw people carefully walking round him and continuing on their way. ‘Drunk, at this time of the morning – disgraceful!’

By the time I reached him, someone else had run to a telephone box to ring for an ambulance. Drunk? No, the poor man was having an epileptic fit and needed immediate medical aid. (I learnt later, that it was a near fatal attack.)

So, this month, not only should we be thinking of those we love, but also those we meet; those we pass in the street; those who fall and need a helping hand to get up; for we never know when we might be that person.

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