Being Human—Need

Amy Curran

Read: Matthew 15:21-28

The woman came and knelt before him. “Lord, help me!” she said. (v. 25 NIV)

The Canaanite woman needed Jesus to come to her aid. It was a matter of life and death. She knew she needed help, and she was not afraid to ask for it. She was not afraid to argue for it. I, however, do not like to ask for help. Even if someone offers me help, often my first inclination is to politely decline. Yet living in my community has taught me how to ask for, and receive, the help I so desperately need.

One of my neighbors uses a wheelchair. This complicates transportation for her much more than for others. Even though the homes on our block are wheelchair accessible, she often needs help getting up and down ramps, or into and out of cars. She definitely requires help whenever she goes anywhere outside of the neighborhood.

For this friend of mine, asking for help is a necessary part of life. Because she encounters her own need every day, she is much more honest and gracious in asking for help than I am. Because she honestly asks for help, she can also be honest with herself about the way she relies on others. This also allows her to more readily share her gifts and abilities with others, because she recognizes that this interdependence is part of being human. I have learned a lot from her about how to be honest with my own needs, and how to offer myself when others have needs. She has taught me to be more fully human. —Amy Curran

Prayer: Lord, help me.