In this last Deacon’s Beacon of the year, I want to share with you a couple of reminders about services that our Deacons provide like our food pantry which offers a bag of canned and boxed groceries for those in need of a few days’ meals. We also have people ready and willing to provide rides to doctor’s appointments, the grocery store, post office, etc. We have our Meal Train for families or individuals who need meals while going through an illness, a new baby, a life change, or any situation where we can help take some of the stress out of your day. I can speak from personal experience that a short visit from a friend with a meal is very welcome and appreciated. There is also a need for past or current Deacons and Elders to help serve communion at the 9:00 AM service. This is a meaningful act of service for anyone who may have been out of the loop, so to speak, and who would like to be useful and blessed all at the same time. This has nothing specific to do with Deacons, but I recently had the opportunity to meet US Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor and receive a copy of her book, The Beloved World of Sonia Sotomayor, which is an autobiography adapted for young readers. I was very impressed with her ability to dream big dreams and work hard to achieve them. Her family had emigrated from Puerto Rico and lived in some of the poorest neighborhoods in the South Bronx, New York. She was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at a very young age and had to administer her insulin shots herself, so you know she was someone who faced life with grit and determination. Her love of reading and ability to focus and work hard enabled her to progress in her studies and to persevere. She won a scholarship to Princeton University when most poor minority students were unable even to dream of such an opportunity. Graduating summa cum laude from Princeton, she went on to Yale law school and proceeded to expand her professional life until eventually, she was nominated to the US Supreme Court by President Obama. I think what impressed me most about her was her humbleness and ability to ask for help. I feel she is a beacon of graciousness, kindness and rationality, all of which are so important to civilized society. One phrase from her book stands out for me: “Build bridges instead of walls.” I will keep those words in mind as we finish this year and look forward to the next and pray that I will build bridges instead of walls myself.
God Bless you all.