How many of us have passed a stalled car on the side of the road, a person asking for spare change and done nothing—having heard so many stories of all that could go wrong?
In “Pray for the spiders,” Susan Sparks in a Gather article retells the story of the time she found a spider in her bed during a vacation at a remote cabin. Rather than continue her mission to eradicate the cabin of the spider, she stops. She prays for the spider and opens her heart.
Like Susan, I attempted to save a bumblebee trapped in my welcome mat. It was an exercise in empathy. It was an investigation of God’s creation, a realization that we all need one another.
Even if getting close is a little frightening, we were created to care for and love one another.
Where might you be letting your fear get in the way of love?
This message is excerpted from a Women of the ELCA blog by Sarah Carson. Read it here.
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