Room in the Inn
By Elma Helgason
Is there room in the inn when the lonely and weak
Bring their troubles to you and to me?
Do we give them the blessings they longingly seek,
Or just close up our heart's door and flee?
It is certainly true that there is an epidemic of loneliness and anxiety going on right now. We have never been more connected through technology, and at the same time never as separated and alone. Often, the lonely are also the weak, such as the disabled or the elderly. For example, statistics tell us that close to 90% of nursing home residents never receive any guests. At all. Ever.
The zebra rocking horse ornament above reminds us of the importance of simply spending time with those who are on their own, and often all alone. We may hear the same memories over and over; we certainly may not feel like we're "getting anywhere" (whoever moved ahead on a rocking horse?), we may even have to sit through a litany of complaints, but simply being present and attentive, is one of the most important gifts we can give.
Who do you know who is overlooked and unseen?