Everyday People

During the Teen Fellowship Service Gospel discussion this past Sunday, the question was raised, “What are you willing to die for?”  As I listened to their varied responses, I thought about how my reaction to this question has changed over time.  Once, I would have had grand ideas of noble causes for which one could give one’s life.  Now I am humbled by what it takes to live for small gestures of kindness and compassion.

We are always so fascinated by the grand gesture, the big event, the dramatic climax.  We punctuate our lives with wedding feasts, large funerals, and do-0r-die political campaigns.  We go to great lengths to plan, arrange, and pay for great markers for our lives and times.

But what of the everyday opportunities for small gestures and achievements?  What about recognizing and celebrating the myriad, tiny choices we can make each and every day to be kinder, gentler, more merciful? Why not focus on the endless ways we can rise above our daily blur of to-do lists, meetings, and minutiae  and truly listen to those who are asking for our help? Truly look at those who are sharing our lives? Truly feel the cross–not on our own backs–rather on the backs of those around us?

This is what I am willing to live for.


About stalbansparish

St. Alban's Parish is a vibrant and diverse Episcopal Church in Washington, DC near the National Cathedral. We come from every walk of life, every culture and context, and every corner of this region. St. Alban's Parish is active in the city, engaging social issues, and making the reconciling love of Christ known in word and deed. We have ministries for children, youth, young adults, adults, and the elderly. We have outreach programs that address homelessness, poverty, the environment, and hunger. We believe in being open and inclusive to all people no matter disability, age, income, gender, race, or sexual orientation. We welcome the faithful, the seeker, and the doubter, because God's embrace is wide, and God's good news is for all people. We want you to come, participate, grow in God's love, and become a part of the Body of Christ at St. Alban's!
This entry was posted in Annemarie Stroud. Bookmark the permalink.

1 Response to Everyday People

  1. Linda V says:

    Thank you Annemarie. This really spoke to me !

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s