What Do I Owe You?

November 3, 2019


"Last time we went door to door we were asking for money; this time we are just going to give something to brighten people’s day." Mrs. Holland announced. On this first Sabbath in November, we students were gathered in the music building to receive instructions for our afternoon outreach. Scattered across the front of the room, bright yellow and white roses lay in bunches. A local wholesale flower shop had donated 375 roses for this activity.


“Today we will be going door to door handing our neighbors roses. You should introduce yourself and tell them why we are handing out roses." All the students smiled and commented positively on the potential success of this outreach. My team headed to the local nursing home and retirement village. As we entered the nursing home, the elderly residents looked bewildered to see us. Everyone was smiling. The nurses smiled, we smiled, the patients smiled as we handed them each a rose and chatted with them. 


We were nearly finished when I glanced at one nurse who didn't seem particularly happy to see our group. I walked up to her, handed her a rose and told her how thankful I was for the work she did. Instantly her face brightened and she hugged me and thanked me for the rose because I had brightened her day.