“Sarah and her husband, Rick, had seven children. If that wasn't enough to keep her busy and engaged in her own life, Rick had nearly died as a result of a ruptured appendix which destroyed his kidneys, so he was also chronically ill with kidney failure and required to undergo dialysis treatments. Their home was across the street from Dixie's until, unfortunately, they lost it due to financial difficulties brought on by his illness. Both were only a few houses away from mine on the same street.
“Sarah's husband had been a general engineering contractor and his illness prevented him from doing his work to keep the business afloat. Consequently, it fell on Sarah to do the manual labor that had been his responsibility prior to his illness. She became the crew foreman and had to spend long hours each day in heavy, physical labor including, among other things, pouring concrete. Exhausted, she would come home late to deal with her seven teenaged children and sick husband in a tiny two-bedroom home that was their landing place following the loss of their family residence. She had to be up at 5:30 a.m. each morning to start her day.” (My Tears Fall Inside, pages 128-129)
Anyone would think that Sarah had way too much on her plate to have time or desire left to reach out to someone else. Surely it was extremely inconvenient. Never-the-less, Sarah had a sincere love for me and was not only willing but wanted to help me and she was prepared to sacrifice of herself and her time in order to support me. Her Christian example is remarkable.
I once heard someone say, “Service is not true service unless it is inconvenient.” I am eternally indebted to those who reached out to me despite all of the inconvenience, and showed Christian love and compassion to the many “personality parts” within me. What a wonderful world it would be if each of us reached out to others in a similar manner.