"Yes, that is hell," said the student. "And what is heaven like?"
"In heaven," said the teacher, "all the people are gathered around a big table filled with food. They can smell the food and touch the food and hold the food, but they cannot bring the food to their mouths because their arms are stiff and their elbows are locked."
The confused student asked, "So what's the difference between heaven and hell?"
"In heaven," the teacher answered, "the people learn to feed each other."
This parable has been told in numerous ways but with the same outcome. We must help each other if we want to be happy. The blessings come to us and to those we help as we reach out to one another.
The situation in Haiti is devastating and heart wrenching. It's hard to see pictures of the suffering and grief etched on the faces of the Haitian people. There are opportunities to assist financially but if that's not possible, praying for those people will bring succor from a greater source.
We usually don't have to look much further than our own home, neighborhood, or community to offer relief. At times we will be the ones to be fed by others, other times we will be the ones to feed.
Let us remember - "Charity Never Faileth."