You know the old saying, “When life hands you lemons, make lemonade.” I was never fond of that saying, to be honest. I’ve known a lot of people with a surplus of lemons, little strength or help to squeeze them, much less sugar to sweeten things up. That said, I’ve still come to believe it is in the womb of our adversities that our gifts gestate, and eventually bloom into virtues that manifest blessings for others. That’s exactly the type of tale I got to enjoy when I sat down to visit with Susan Riehn on Find the Good News. Susan is the director of “Families Helping Families of Southwest Louisiana,” a non-profit organization and team that puts people with disabilities, their caregivers, and their families in touch with resources they may not have been aware of otherwise. Selfishly, I love to fill my mind and feed my spirit with stories like the one Susan shared. The beauty is not in the story alone, but in the echo and rhyme I sense in it, a set of somewhat common words and tales that reinforce what I hear over and over again on this podcast; “I saw a way I could help my fellow beings, and I chose to act.” That’s really what’s at the heart of Susan’s story. She had a desperate need—she did not know where to turn—and a helper arrived. Her story is now the story of “Families Helping Families of Southwest Louisiana;” a willingness to be a helper for those without one. If you listen to enough volunteers and servants in our community—especially those at “Families Helping Families of Southwest Louisiana”—you’ll hear some version of this story of the able helper. I heard this good news clearly when I spoke with Susan Riehn, and I believe fully that you will hear it too.

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