Helping or Hoarding?


One of the most difficult parts of my calling is also one its greatest blessings. From births to deaths, in sickness and recovery, I have the privilege to be with people in the most difficult and joyous parts of their journey, to share these milestones on the path of life.

ibd-group450wEarly this cold November morning, I made my way to the hospital to spend time with a dear man who was undergoing  surgery. Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania is a beautiful facility complete with an inspiring kid’s wing, state-of-the-art surgical unit and a brand-new rehab center. It is clean, bright, and what a hospital should be.

The surgery went well, my friend is in recovery and I am very thankful for excellent doctors, and cutting edge medicine. On the way out, gazing at the huge Nittany Lion in the center of this massive complex, the thought struck me, when all is said and done this place is still a hospital. People don’t want to be here, no one is volunteering to be sick.


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Growing up in South Carolina there was an associate pastor at our church who would stand up each Sunday morning and greet people with the question; “Wouldn’t you rather be here than in the nicest hospital in the world?” Everyone would answer, “Amen!”

I was talking with someone at HMC today who told me how the hospital was started by Milton Hershey. He wanted to do something worthwhile with his fortune. He did it because he wanted to help.  Today it is one of the premier teaching hospitals in the world. As I listened I wondered how many people had been helped because he didn’t hoard his wealth.

Although we might not want to be sick, in a hospital, facing a difficult situation or going through a hard time, we are thankful when someone who can help does.

Likewise, we must be careful not to hoard the blessings we’ve been given.  Each of us can help someone in need if we are willing to make what we have available.

helping where I can,

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Posted on November 13, 2013, in Mindfulness and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. Part of the dictionary definition of ‘generosity’ is: given freely, magnanimous, noble-minded, unprejudiced. Following on that: ‘noble’ is described as free from pettiness and meanness.
    So giving what we can, seems to reflect our best selves.
    Not always easy in a society with a capitalist mind-set!


  2. Reblogged this on aaroneharris and commented:
    This may be one of my top picks for November 2013.


  3. No matter how far technology has advanced, hospitals are scarey places, at times almost medieval. I have had the honor of being a caretaker for my mother, my uncle, and my best friend, all now deceased. Their hospital times were very difficult, but at least they did not die there. If people don’t have money, they can try to give time and love.


  4. thanks for the share!



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