Caring for One Another

by Karen Brooks on June 17, 2011

I know that this has happened to you. Every now and then, you receive an  unexpected e-mail that you open. It contains a heart-warming story that just makes your emotions well up inside. The story below is one that was forwarded to me today. When I opened and read it, I began to tear up. How often is it, that we no longer value the life of an animal or even another human being when they no longer are able to live up to what we call the “ideal” life.What we fail to realize is that even though life is not perfect, there is still joy to experience, and lessons to be learned. This is so true when it comes to a loved one who is ill.Take a lesson from the story below, and begin to look at life with a new eye toward helping those who are in need. You may need to have this favor returned.

Two  Horses
Author  Unknown

Just up the road from my home is a field, with two horses in it.

 

From  a distance, each horse looks like any other  horse.
But  if you stop your car, or are walking by, you  will notice something quite amazing….

Looking into the eyes of one horse will  disclose that he is blind. His  owner has chosen not to have him put down, but  has made a good home for him.
 

This  alone is amazing.  If you stand nearby and  listen, you will hear the sound of a bell.   Looking around for the source of the  sound, you will see that it comes from the  smaller horse in the field.

Attached to  the horse’s halter is a small bell. It  lets the blind friend know where the other horse  is, so he can follow.

As you stand and  watch these two friends, you’ll see that the  horse with the bell is always checking on the  blind horse, and that the blind horse will  listen for the bell and then slowly walk to  where the other horse is, trusting that he will  not be led astray.

When the horse with  the bell returns to the shelter of the barn each  evening, it stops occasionally and looks back,
Making sure that the blind friend isn’t too  far behind to hear the bell.

 

Like the owners of these two horses, God does not  throw us away just because we are not perfect or  because we have problems or challenges.

He watches over us and even brings others into our lives
To help us when we are  in need..

Sometimes we are the blind horse being guided by the little ringing bell of  those who God places in our lives.
Other times we are the guide horse, helping others to find their way….

Good friends are like that…  You may not always see them, but you know they are always there..

Please listen for my bell and I’ll listen for yours, and remember…

Be kinder than necessary-

Everyone you meet is fighting
Some  kind of battle.


Live simply,
Love generously,
Care  deeply,
Speak  kindly…….

 
And  leave the rest to God!


FOR  WE WALK BY FAITH AND NOT BY  SIGHT

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denny hagel June 17, 2011 at 8:00 pm

Being a horse lover and previous horse owner, I too felt the welling of tears as I read this amazing story that beautifully demonstrates that it is the most natural thing in the world to care for others…we are designed to contribute, share and watch over one another. Thank you for sharing this necessary reminder Karen. Well done!

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OLga Hermans June 17, 2011 at 7:08 pm

I really enjoyed reading this; God gives His strength in our weaknesses and sometimes He does that through other people. Even in my marriage, where I am weak my husband is strong and the other way around as well. Two is always better. Thanks Karen!

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