My last blog for 2012
I continue to be amazed of the people who God puts in my path. This day was no different.
I decided at the last-minute to stop and see an old friend on my way to do some errands. So, with a Christmas card and homemade goodies in hand, the intent is to stop and speak for a short moment, since it’s been awhile since my last visit. I almost put off this visit, because I am really in a bit of a hurry. Thank you God, for slowing me down, for the unction of your Spirit to make the time.
My friend is 87. He looks tired today. (Slow me down, Lord..He seems burdened.)
He greets us in the same kind manner as he has for the past 20 some years, but today, he can’t stop his tears from the moment of hello. (Show me Lord, what can I do)
I continue to ask how he is doing. He has been through many losses in a very short period of time. He is 11th in a family of 13 siblings. He continues to tell me how he has already buried a son years ago, most of his family, and painfully, a son in the last six months. His his dear wife passed away within the last few years. He continues to strive to care for the only child left…his mentally disabled son. (Give me words of comfort, Lord)
I struggle to hold my composure (He’s broken, Lord)
I ask if there is anything that he needs? I let him know that we are here for him. He becomes silent, only tears.
He begins to say that what he has to tell me is not for sympathy..but for much-needed prayer.
He has recently been diagnosed with yet another form of cancer. This time, he will not humanly conquer.
His prayer request is specific – that he would live long enough to care for his disabled son. (Show him mercy, Lord)
If you read this blog…I am asking you to call out my dear old friends name in prayer. I am also asking you to “slow down” enough to recognize the needs of those that God puts in your path. We are our brothers’ keeper.
Lastly, I wish each of you a Merry Christmas….and mostly I wish you “Enough” through one of my favorite pieces of poetry…May God Bless you during the coming year.
I Wish You Enough
I wish you enough sun to keep your attitude bright.
I wish you enough rain to appreciate the sun more.
I wish you enough happiness to keep your spirit alive.
I wish you enough pain so that the smallest joys in life appear much bigger.
I wish you enough gain to satisfy your wanting.
I wish you enough loss to appreciate all that you possess.
I wish you enough “Hello’s” to get you through the final “Goodbye.”