Weekly Reflections from Pastor Barnes – 3/30/2018

Weekly Reflections from Pastor Barnes - 3/30/2018

Met an interesting lady a while back.  Spotted her at a function from across the room.  Appeared fragile, diminutive.  She was sitting buy herself along the wall – a solitary figure in a sea of people. Asked a gentleman to my left if he knew who she was.  “Oh yeah,” he said.  “That’s Elsie.  One remarkable human being.  She has devoted her entire life to helping others – the less fortunate among us.”  My friend spent the next ten minutes spelling out in real terms what “helping others” meant.  Who would ‘a thought?   I walked over and introduced myself and asked her to share her story.  She was meek and humble – wasn’t in the mind of boasting, but she did give me something that I have carried with me since that day.  She said: “I have a song my Grandmother gave me that has served as a guiding light.  I have tried my best to live up to the words.”   Following is the song Elsie shared.  I am determined to do as she did – how about you.  Might we possibly live up to the words?

If I can help somebody, as I pass along,
If I can cheer somebody, with a word or song,
If I can show somebody, that he’s travelling wrong,
Then my living shall not be in vain.

Chorus:
My living shall not be in vain,
Then my living shall not be in vain
If I can help somebody, as I pass along,
Then my living shall not be in vain.

If I can do my duty, as a good man ought,
If I can bring back beauty, to a world up wrought,
If I can spread love’s message, as the Master taught,
Then my living shall not be in vain.