“I want to give it somewhere”

By Rhoda Keener

When I am home, I often worship at Menno Haven Retirement Community where my husband Bob is a chaplain and leads the Sunday morning service twice a month. Nearly half of the parishioners are brought to the chapel in wheel chairs. After the service I join other volunteers to help wheel persons back to their rooms.

Last Sunday, as I pushed a woman to the Walden Unit (for those with advanced dementia or Alzheimer’s), I noticed a dollar bill folded and tightly clenched in one hand. I realized she must have missed the opportunity to give when the offering baskets were passed. We arrived at Walden; I leaned down and asked if she wanted me to take the money back and put it in the offering for her. She looked at me with a somewhat confused expression, and said, “Well, I want to give it somewhere.”

She handed me the folded up dollar.  As I carried it back to the chapel I thought of Jesus’ words, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”  I was blessed to have met this dear woman and realize that her heart for giving continued even when her mind was no longer  clear.

3 thoughts on ““I want to give it somewhere”

  1. Thanks, Rhoda, for this reflection on what one could easily overlook as insignificant. May all our hearts carry such positive reflexiveness even if we too may lose our capacity to be totally in touch with reality around us.

  2. Lori J. Witmer on said:

    Dear Rhoda,

    I was touched by your reflection from Walden. My life was forever touched by these dear brothers and sisters during my CPE supervised hours. Bob was my supervisor of those 300 hours spent in Walden and assisted living. When I sing “Jesus loves me” or “Just as I am” I hear them from the point of view of Walden residents’ voices.

    May my life just as freely to Jesus today as our sister gave her offering. Today my life is spent in public service at Big Spring High School during the daytime and Adams County Migrant Camps this evening. This is a story I will take with me to refresh me when I am tired!

    The peace of Jesus, Lori

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