March 16, 2016: From the Heart

12717750_193405751019208_4086330726691269668_n“…lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace”.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       (Ephesians 4:1b-3 NRSV)


Her name is Hillary McFadden and she volunteers at Mission Central every Tuesday afternoon. She bundles pencils, prepares candy kits and boxes them for distribution.  Hillary came to Mission Central in 2010 because she “wanted to help people all over the world.”


Since we volunteer on different days, we hadn’t met until I interviewed her for these reflections.  I was blessed by our time together!  As we began, her watch beeped and announced the time.

Born prematurely, Hillary weighed less than 1 ½ pounds.  Her identical twin was slightly heavier.  She became blind at two months of age. With a bright smile on her face, she said that “being blind isn’t always a struggle.  Blind people can do stuff a sighted person can do; they just need the right equipment.”

Hillary also volunteers at Vision Resources of Central Pennsylvania.  She’s a speed skater and has won numerous medals in the sport.  Each summer, she does long distance walking.

Too often, we use some challenge we’re facing as an excuse not to try something new.  Not Ms. Hillary.  She is a woman who sees with her heart as she helps people around the world, beginning right here and right now!

PRAYER:  Thank you, Loving God, for receptive hearts. Thank you for Hillary McFadden, and the vision you have given her to help others all over the world. We pray that we all will be inspired to do everything we can to bear one another up in Your love. AMEN.

 (Rev. Ruth Ward, Mission Central Mission Education Coordinator)

March 16, 2016 From the Heart  (downloadable .pdf)

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