I looked at my computer screen. This has been a long week …. and it’s only Wednesday…
How many of you feel this way ?
Is it me? Or tax time – my busy season?
Another call. Another email.
How do we not lose our joy?
A smile. A good cup of coffee. Looking forward to 5 o’clock?
Umm, my 5 o’clock is not until April 17th. I flip the calendar…3 more weeks…
A phone rings.
“Lisa, I need to review your taxes…”
A calculation. A scenario. And then a question.
“Lisa, I noticed your charitable contributions. You moved to California two years ago but you still give to St. Peter’s in Schaumburg.”
My heart fluttered.
“ John , you probably don’t know… fifteen years ago I went through a divorce and months later, the father of my children became a paraplegic. Jake was seven. Tarah was only five…”
I felt like I swallowed a mouthful of marbles.
“St. Peter’s saved me children .”
“ Saved your children ?”
I bit my bottom lip. Tears rolled down my cheek.
“Yep, the teachers surrounded my kids with so much love…Jake is graduating in engineering from Purdue in May. What they did they did for my kids, I can never repay them. I will always give back to St. Peter’s.”
“Wow, Lisa. Did I ever share with you my St. Peter’s connection?”
“A St. Peter’s connection?”
“Yes, my great- great grandfather Frederick Wilhelm Richmann was one of the first pastors as St. Peter’s back in 1858. He wanted the school to be a place we’re children were loved .”
My dimples turned North.
“Lisa, can I share this story with my mom? She would be so happy to hear her grandfather’s legacy of loving children, lived on. Your children are proof.”
I hung up the phone and then it hit me. St. Peter’s mission is “ Loving people. Serving the world .”
I took a moment to slow down in my fast paced environment and relish the last fifteen years.
I can’t help but think, would my kids be the same had they not grown up with people who embraced them with such a loving and nurturing manner, especially at such vulnerable and chaotic time in their young life?
How do we not lose our joy ?
As Mother Theresa said, serve the one in front of you. Or do what Jesus what do, kindness with a smile served up on the cross.
“Let is not get tired of doing what is right for after awhile we will reap the blessing, if we don’t get discouraged and give up.” Galatians 6:8
Can you let love be your greatest aim? I intend to.
A special thank you to all the St. Peter’s teachers who made a difference .
Here’s the link to the history of St.Peter’s & Pastor Richmann