I cannot over-emphasize the meaningful ministry of friends and family who have supported me in the last 4 months. There are days that, without the selfless care of others, I feel that I would have fallen to pieces. Praise the Lord for His people!
We have all heard of those moments when God prompts another to minister to somebody at just the right time. I have had too many of these divine appointments to count. It happens a lot. The Lord nudges someone to call, send a card, make contact, or just listen for a while to my stream of thoughts…(which, that kind of listening will teach, or test, the spiritual fruit of patience!)
God speaks, comforts, and loves me through His children. It is a blessing to be the recipient of such care. What this displays for me, going forward, is how to be present for others. A marvelous lesson.
Two are better than one because they have a good reward for their efforts. For if either falls, his companion can lift him up; but pity the one who falls without another to lift him up. Also, if two lie down together, they can keep warm; but how can one person alone keep warm? And if someone overpowers one person, two can resist him. A cord of three strands is not easily broken.
Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 (Emphasis mine)
I have a list, actually a couple of them, from the days and weeks right after Jana’s funeral. It is my dream to sit down and write a note to each person on the list and let them know how impactful their actions were to me. Many have said, “Don’t worry about thank-you cards, people just gave, they don’t expect anything.” I suppose that is true. Good folks just want to support a hurting brother and his children, with no expectation for anything in return.
Thank you, Lord, for using your saints to minister to this broken man. God, my alone time is fruitful for our relationship, and my time with others has picked me up, given me hope, and allows me to see You more clearly through their ministry. Amen.