A while back in church on one Sunday morning, I walked in and saw one of our members in a wheelchair. As I went around talking to a few people, I noticed everyone affectionately greeted this injured member. People were giving hugs, saying cheerful hellos and expressing many other very warm gestures.
Then, something different happened.
Someone came up to her and said, “How may I help you?” The injured person replied, “I’m actually trying to figure out how to go to the bathroom with this wheelchair.” Now, something quite profound just happened at that moment.
Quite often, we are so used to each that we greet each other with superficial affection without asking the important question, “HOW may I help?” Taking the time to care is an art, but it is also common sense awareness of real needs around us.