The title "Picking Up Pins" refers to my post from the other day, in which I quoted St. Therese of Lisieux saying that "to pick up a pin out of love can convert a soul." I'm working on recognizing the opportunity to pick up my metaphorical pins, as an offering of love, because nothing is too small or insignificant to offer as a sacrifice to God.
Lo and behold, I came across a story that goes with this theme. The story itself is a few years old, but has returned to social media most likely as a result of the Ferguson case. A police officer who was shot in the line of duty was found on surveillance tape, minutes before he died, purchasing food for a boy who didn't have enough money to buy his own meal.
Officer Jeremy Henwood's Final Act of Kindness
This is a touching act of kindness. It is the act of someone who is in the habit of practicing kind deeds. But it could be the act of someone who, that very day, planned to make conscious, mindful decisions to practice love. Officer Henwood made the choice to show love, without knowing that he was about to come face-to-face with God. It makes me wonder about the rude people I've seen in public places, yelling at servers or fellow patrons. Would they act differently, if they knew it could be their last encounter with another person?
We never do know, do we? All the more reason to be mindful about picking up pins out of love. I'm working on it!
Here's a direct link to the video: