Today, Bernie and I will go to the cities to attend the memorial for John Huebsch, cofounder with his father, Dave, of Common Hope which does work among the poor in Guatemala. As I prayed this morning, I expressed deep gratitude for having known this man. We were not friends that reached out to one another, but we encountered one another each time we went to Guatemala. He had a sense of balance that I so wanted for myself. Conscious of the world’s problems, he chose to focus on the problems in front of him. Aware of the suffering of people all over the earth, he chose to be present only to the person in front of him. He used to talk about “Changing the world one person at a time.” When people would bring up world issues, he’d say, “I just attend to my little corner of the world.” This was managable for him, it seems, and he taught me that when you put your energy and soul into that which is before you, miracles happen. And a miracle happened in Guatemala. He and his parents planted seeds that have grown into huge, life-giving trees. He was a saint in the truly human sense of the word.
I read this in my spiritual reading this morning, remarkably by Helen Keller who was blind and deaf: “Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadow.” Guatemala is called the land of eternal sunshine. I think John kept his face to the sun.
For more about Common Hope, the ministry to Guatemalan children John headed, see www.commonhope.org.