Be The Helper
“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’”
whenever I feel helplessin this overwhelming worldI become a helperoh, oh,my loveon the dayswhen it feels likeI have no powerI serve othersyou see,whenever I washthe world's feetmy handsimmediatelystop shaking.
There's so much that I love about that poem. There is a wonderful shift of the poet expressing feelings of powerlessness that are then turned into the powerful act of serving others.
There is a contrast between feeling hopeless and becoming a helper, which brings hope.
And then there is the beautiful imagery of "washing the world's feet," which recalls Jesus doing the same for his disciples before their last supper.
At that time, Jesus told his followers, "What I am about to do, do for one another." He then became a servant, humbling himself, doing something he would never have been expected to do.
Jesus engaged in an act so powerful that it became one of the very symbols of being his follower.
The last stanza of the above poem is so powerful that washing the world's feet makes the hands of the poet stop shaking from fear, dread, worry, and hopelessness. There is no need for the poet to look for helpers because the poet has become one of them.
If we want to change the world, we must be willing to do the same. We need to become the helpers. There is much to be done and so few to do it.
And yet, the power to transform the world begins when we stop standing by, pick up our basin and towel, and kneel.
May it be so. And may the grace and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with us all now and forever. Amen.