No One Should be Invisible

A man dropped in to read my articles on Joan Sepp. His reason for visiting was the recent death of Joan’s husband, Toivo. (Joan passed away a few years ago.) He wrote this –

I had a hard childhood and was often upset when I delivered the newspaper (to the Sepp home). On the days when I was most alone, one of them often met me at the door and chatted with me. I can’t even count the number of times I didn’t do something rash because these strong people had taken time to speak with me.

This caused me to think about the “invisible” people who cross our paths each day. They serve us in restaurants, grocery stores and banks. They deliver mail, parcels, newspapers and fliers, fill our gas tanks, pour our coffee, clean our messes and repair our stuff. They take our complaints, reduce our phone bills, ask us to please subscribe to their magazine, offer us deals on this and that, tempt us to buy chocolate bars and cookies. Mostly, they are front-line people who serve. They don’t control their product. But, often we act like they do.

Jesus was always mindful of individuals whether he found them in the synagogue, begging on the street, fetching water, tending sheep, fishing or collecting taxes. He looked past their duties. He spoke to the person behind the job. And because of His approach, lives changed for the good. People realized they mattered to God, that they weren’t invisible.

This reader’s comment has stirred me. It has reminded me that it really matters how I treat people, whether I meet them face to face, on-line or talk to them on the phone.

I’ve pledged to be kinder. If a busy man like Jesus always found time for people, can’t I do the same?

Jesus of Nazareth went about doing good and healing all that were oppressed . . . Acts. 10:38

Joan and Toivo Sepp lost two children to murder. They suffered many dark days, yet they took time to notice and talk to a lonely paper boy. Their noticing made a difference in his life. “After everything that happened to them,” my reader says, “they still had time for a chubby kid delivering the paper.”

Making it Personal: Lord, forgive me for not following your example of showing kindness to every human being who crosses my path. Make me alert and mindful to do better.

The articles on Joan Sepp: one, two, three

My book, One Good Word Makes all the Difference, is available here.

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About rosemccormickbrandon

An award winning personal experience writer, Rose McCormick Brandon is a frequent contributor to faith magazines, devotionals and compilations, including Chicken Soup for the Soul. Rose is the author of Promises of Home: Stories of Canada's British Home Children (2014). One Good Word Makes all the Difference (2013), He Loves Me Not, He Loves Me (2012) and Vanished: What Happened to My Son. She's a frequent contributor to The Testimony, Today's Pentecostal Evangel and other faith magazines in Canada, U.S. and Australia. Rose also writes about Canadian history, specifically the era of Child Immigration from Britain. Read her stories of child immigrants at: http://littleimmigrants.wordpress.com
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9 Responses to No One Should be Invisible

  1. I often tell those experiencing loss of any nature that their loss can be a great stepping stone although we are unable to see it at the time. We are in a building project spiritually. Can I call it spiritual boot camp?

    • Good thoughts Lenora. It’s very difficult to see good when one is suffering.

      • Joe says:

        Hi Rose
        I am speaking at the Krista Sepp awards 2014 tomorrow as this years mentor award recipient. i have spent a lot of time reading your posts about the Sepp family and have incorporated some meaningful messages that I have found within your posts. i thank you so much for your writings and have enjoyed reading about this family from the perspective of someone who held them in such esteem
        thank you and I hope I do them proud.

      • Joe – So good to hear from you, Joe. Happy that you found my site and read my words about the Sepp family. These particular posts continue to be a source of inspiration to many. You will do the Sepp family proud. I’m please that the Krista Sepp award continues long after the tragedy of her death. Her mother, Joan, enjoyed presenting scholarships and awards in Krista’s name. Congratulations on receiving this award. Blessings as you speak at this event and blessings in your future. Rose

      • Joe says:

        thank you
        the award day went great
        all the best to you
        and thanks again for your posts

  2. Knowing Joan, I realize that she coped with her own loss by doing for others,

  3. Darlene says:

    Since hearing of Toivo’s recent death I’ve been thinking about Joan and the impact she had on my life. I didn’t know her well, but her testimony still sits in my heart. In spite of her heartache, she continued to share the love of Christ with anyone who crossed her path.

    • Joan, in her quiet way, impacted everyone she met. The attitude with which she faced her suffering and losses was nothing short of miraculous. Hearing from this young man let me know that her (and Toivo’s) good deeds live on even though they are no longer with us.

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