Bound in the bundle of life

The Bible speaks a great truth when it tells us that we are “bound in the bundle of life.” All of us in our contacts with each other have eternal signifi- cance when we are willing to be used as God’s instruments in this His world.

Her name was Margaret Schultz. She lost her husband, a pediatrician, when she was only 33. Three years later their only child, a little girl, was killed in an accident. She had a terrible time with her grief, but she was Christian and she came through.

She decided she wanted to do something to help children. So she went to the hospitals in Boston every week. She talked with children, read to them, held them. She always left with these words, “God loves you and so do I.”

When she learned that there was a psychiatric hospital for children in the city she went down and was welcomed by a staff desperately in need of help. They introduced her to all the children and told her, “There is one child you will never be able to reach—no one can reach her. That’s little Annie. She is incorrigible. We have her locked up in a cage at the end of the corridor.”

In time, she learned little Annie’s story. She had been terribly abused and hadn’t spoken in three years. Margaret went to see her every day but there was never a sign of recognition. She simply sat in silence staring off into space.

On Valentine’s Day Margaret decided to make brownies for the children. She took some to little Annie. When the brownies were proffered they were totally ignored. Little Annie continued to stare into space. With her heart aching, Margaret set them down just outside the door of the cage and left in tears.

To her surprise the next day when she went back the brownies were not there. They had been eaten. Again, as she did every day, Margaret talked to little Annie, but there was no response. She just sat with a blank stare. But as Margaret was walking away she heard a voice and the words, “Thank you.”

It was a breakthrough for little Annie. She got out of the hospital, grew up and became a teacher. One day she heard that there was another little girl, a little girl who had suffered a severe illness when she was two. It had left her deaf and blind, unable to speak, totally shut off from the world. She needed a teacher. So little Annie—Anne Sullivan left Boston and went to minister to Helen Keller. In doing so she blessed all of our lives and enriched the world.

Rev. Nichols is Minister Emeritus of First Christian Church, Temple where he was senior minister for 23 years.

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