City On the Edge of Forever

It has been ranked the top episode of all the Star Trek universe productions. It won awards, which was rare for the original series (TOS). It first aired in April 1967; and in this episode, the cast was joined by guest star Joan Collins as the pivotal character Edith Keeler. Time travel is tricky, and Kirk and Spock had to go back to the 1930s to set things right. To do this, Edith Keeler must die.

Life gets messy. Kirk falls in love and develops a relationship with the wonderful character. In one of their conversations, Keeler asks to Kirk to “Let me help.” Kirk responds with one of the best quotes of the episode …

Let me help. A hundred years or so from now, I believe, a famous novelist will write a classic using that theme. He’ll recommend those three words even over I love you.

Kirk to Keeler, Star Trek TOS, April 1967

Let me help. Three powerful words. But do we mean it?

1900 years before this episode aired (big time travel moment), Jesus’s half bro wrote something similar … and (if) one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that?

If we say we want to help, but just throw words out there, is that really helping?

Yesterday, I was asked by some people how they could help me. Not directly about things going on around me, or in the ministry where we serve together, but me. How could they help me? I hemmed and hawed … and then I went into a little humorous whining. I feel kind of bad about that. Fortunately, one compassionate member used one of my favorite quotes, “Suck it up.” So I calmed down.

But the statement still hung out there … Let Me Help.

People are struggling with the messiness of life.

  • Anxieties
  • Fears
  • Family Strss
  • Health Worries
  • Car Chaos
  • Relationship Woes
  • And the list goes on

We can, and should, pray for them. But what if prayer was just a prompter to how we can use our hands and feet … and wallets … and time … and skills … and actually serve those around us. Let Me Help.

Today, look around. Ask God to show you who could use a helping hand, who needs a little TLC, who could you bless. And once you see the need … help.

This ends today’s pastoral prodding … help someone.

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