Try to stretch your soul
Thursday, 16 March 2017
By Chaplain (Capt.) Keith Ferrell
Special to GUIDON

Noted author and storyteller, R. Lee Sharpe, once told the following story:

“One spring day … my father called me to go with him to Trussell’s blacksmith shop. He had left a rake and a hoe to be repaired. Father started to pay, but Mr. Trussell refused to take it.
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‘No,’ he said, ‘there’s no charge for that little job.’

But father insisted that he take payment.

‘If I live to be a thousand years,’ said Sharpe, ‘I’ll never forget that old blacksmith’s reply.’

‘Sid,’ he said to my father, ‘can’t you let an old man do something now and then — just to stretch his soul?’ It’s the old law. The giver receives more than the receiver gets. One who stretches his soul into deeds of love and kindness, unfailingly reaps a just reward.”

The story reminds us of the teaching of Christ in Matthew 25:35-40. He says: “For I was hungry, and you gave me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited me in; naked, and you clothed me; I was sick, and you visited me; I was in prison, and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry, and feed you, or thirsty, and give you something to drink? And when did we see you a stranger, and invite you in, or naked, and clothe you? When did we see you sick, or in prison, and come to you?’  The King will answer and say to them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to me.’”  

In the turbulent world we live in today, filled with protests, riots and division, maybe we should all be reminded to ‘stretch our souls’ on occasion and reach out  in love to find a place  of compassion and  compromise.  

If not, we can find ourselves defending a cause over defense of our fellow neighbor. Let us who are blessed reach out in love instead of division and hate for we may be “entertaining angels unaware.”  Blessings.

(Editor’s note: Ferrell is the 43rd Adjutant General Battalion chaplain.)
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