061R - Just Go & Do It for Someone Else

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Well I think we can say it, Christmas is over, and it was wonderful! But if you wouldn’t mind, I have just one last Christmas thought for you, though it’s going to seem just a little disconnected.

Years ago, I walked in the door of my college apartment to find a message from my dad bidding me to come to the hospital – immediately! Well, I went down and found my younger sister critically injured and in intensive care. She and two of her friends had been involved in an automobile accident earlier that day. It was really no one’s fault; it was just one of those things that happens.

I remember vividly her life hanging in the balance for the next few days. The emotional strain on me and on my family was greater than we had ever known. It seemed at the time as though we could hardly bear it. Yet through it all, there was a man, a friend of my family, who was there from the first moments onward. When my sister was transported to a larger hospital, it was he who gathered my parents and pursued the ambulance to Pocatello. He stayed the better part of that first night offering comfort, prayers, and blessings.

That night began an ordeal that lasted for weeks. But through it all, Vaughn was always there – offering help and encouragement. I guess I remember most his continual optimism and his cheerfulness. The man was like a burst of sunshine on a cloudy day.

Well, I’m happy to report that my sister and her friends eventually recovered, and life went on. Near the end, when things began looking up, I approached Vaughn one day, and our conversation went something like this:

“I don’t know how I can ever thank you. How will I ever repay all that you have done for my family?”

There was no hesitation in his profound answer. He said, “Just go and do it for someone else.”

Now, here’s my point: I don’t ever remember a Christmas where I and mine have been so generously thought of as this one. Valuable and thoughtful gifts have come unexpected and certainly undeserved.

To all of you, and perhaps on behalf of you, thank you – for being as the Master. And in the spirit of Christmas, for this upcoming year, my plan is to just ‘go and do it for someone else.’

Thanks again, and Happy New Year!

Glenn Rawson – December 1997
Music: Horizons, track 3 (edited) – Kierre Lewis
Song: Do Likewise, My Friend – Bret Raymond