I’ve never before been the recipient of so much giving. Cards continue to arrive in the mail. Friends bring home-cooked meals. People pray, call, or email and generally just care about me.
It’s nearly six months since Ron went to be with the Lord. I feared being alone. I thought I would be ‘the flavor of the week’ in Christian circles and then have to struggle on by my self. Instead I find myself cherished by so many.
Frankly, I’ve been in a state of inertia for most of that time. I ask myself when I will be able to give back to these dear people. When will my energy level return? Everything seems to be so much effort.
However there are small signs of improvement. I’ve come from Psalm 6:6 (see below)
Psalm 6:6-I am weary with my groaning; all night I soak my pillow with tears, I drench my couch with my weeping (AMP).
Into Psalm 69:3- I am weary with my crying; my throat is parched; my eyes fail with waiting [hopefully] for my God.
And now I am slowly entering the state of Isaiah 40:31.
But those who wait for the Lord [who expect, look for, and hope in Him] shall change and renew their strength and power; they shall lift their wings and mount up [close to God] as eagles [mount up to the sun]; they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint or become tired (AMP).
Some of my helpers are just as weary as me, yet they keep on doing kind, good and right things for others.
2 Thessalonians 3:13-And as for you, brethren, do not become weary or lose heart in doing right [but continue in well-doing without weakening].
If they can do this, so can I. What can we do today to encourage another through their path of loneliness, grief, loss, financial troubles, overload at work and child care?
Prayer: Lord, give us the gumption to begin where we are, in our own pain, to reach out to others. Amen.