Every summer, Sally hosted a long-weekend party for her children and grandchildren. She spent hours the day before ensuring her home was perfectly neat and tidy. The morning of the celebration, she rose at 5:00 a.m. and prepared the meal which included all her family’s favourites: scalloped potatoes, stuffed peppers, cabbage rolls, roast turkey, macaroons and cinnamon buns. When the feast was finished, Sally ushered the family to the living room so they could visit and play games while she cleaned up. It was important to Sally that her family enjoy themselves and not lift a finger. She wouldn’t even let her husband help with the dishes.
Over the past few years, Sally found this long-weekend celebration more and more difficult. Last year, Sally asked each of her children to bring a dish, and one of her grandchildren to make the dessert. She even asked her husband to help with the dishes. The tasks of this labour of love were shared throughout her family, and they were grateful for the opportunity to help. By sharing the labour load, everyone was able to bring their gifts to the family table to celebrate their shared love in a new way.
O God, as Moses was led to share his responsibility, so help us to accept our limitations and call for the help of others. Amen. — ANS