Huntsville Hospital is located in downtown Huntsville, Alabama, and it has a very interesting history.
The city started out with a small infirmary, but the building was inadequate. Huntsville Hospital moved to its current location in 1904. Mollie Teal donated the building and land to the city. Prior to the donation, she used the property to run a prostitution business.
From house of ill repute to city hospital, I think that’s an interesting story.
The Houston Memorial Library and Museum is located in Athens, Alabama. George Houston was the governor of Alabama and a US senator.
George Houston died in the 1870’s. In the 1930’s, Houston’s family donated his house and property to the city of Athens. The property was freely given, with the stipulation the city would create a library and museum.
The museum was filled with historical documents, books, and various artifacts. I always enjoyed visiting, because I would find something I missed during my prior visit. I also loved the atmosphere of rooms filled with old books and their smell permeating throughout the house.
Unfortunately, the building was not properly maintained. The house is no longer safe for the public to visit, so the city closed the Houston Museum and Library last year.
I am not optimistic about their plans. The sign says it is, “Indefinitely and temporally closed for renovations,” which makes me cringe on so many levels.
In this section of scripture, we read about how Jesus healed a woman that suffered for twelve years with a discharge of blood, restored a girl to life, healed two blind men, healed a man unable to speak, taught in the synagogues, and proclaimed the gospel. We also learn Jesus felt compassion for the crowds, for they were like sheep without a shepherd.
The section ends with Jesus saying, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore, pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” (ESV)
There is so much suffering in the world, it’s easy for me to get discouraged and feel like I can never make a difference. However, I can do my best to help those in my sphere of influence and pray for God to send help to those I will never encounter.
I can’t bring peace to the world, but I can promote peace in my home.
I can’t stop the destruction of our planet, but I can change my behavior to promote cleanliness and responsible consumption.
I can’t feed all the hungry people in the world, but I can help my local food bank.
I can’t talk to everyone I encounter and ask them what they need, but I can hold the door open, give a complement, or do other acts of kindness that will brighten their day.
To sum it up: I can’t do everything, but I can do something.