We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men. (Herman Melville, 19th century American novelist)

The recent “lockdown” because of a virus threat is a perfect example of what Melville wrote. We certainly learned, as John Donne wrote long ago, that “No man is an island.” The weak, elderly, and most vulnerable discovered quickly how dependent they were on the help of others. And the rest of us experienced the joy of serving them.

The generous will prosper; those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed (Proverbs 11:25).

Do you have the gift of helping others? Do it with all the strength and energy that God supplies (1 Peter 4:11).