Sunday’s sermon topic …
The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love. (Galatians 5:6 NIV)
Funny how sermons and devotionals and verses for the day can pop up and string along on the same topic… when I see themes repeating again and again I try to take note. Hmmm, you think Someone could be trying to drive a point home?
Since my Dad passed it has been a whirlwind of activity and decisions. Due to my Mom’s precarious health and her request for a specific speaker, a date was chosen for us. We have 3 weeks to get it together. How do folks do it in 3 days?? I’m not sure if waiting is better or worse, but it has given me time to reflect and sort and think over the journey we’ve been on.
Grief is a strange invader. It effects each person differently. My grief came nearly 5 years ago when I could no longer go to my parents for help or share the gut-wrenching walk through my husband’s cancer. I realized then I had lost them as they had been. Caregiving changed my perspective too. I became the parent, they became the children. I’m thankful I was given the luxury of walking day by day through my Dad’s decline. I watched him slip further and further away so letting him go was not as hard. I wanted freedom for him.
My Mom’s path is different. I think her sorrow began when her husband of so many years could no longer carry on a conversation. She watched him grow more and more frail, yet denial over this being the end held strong. Her grief continues now each day as she sits without him in the den. There is anger and a lot of frustration and sadness. All very natural reactions after a loss. We grieve differently, trying to be patient with one another. Love is not always easy… red hearts and flowers. Love hurts. It also heals all wounds. What a challenge to love like Jesus did- to love to death.
Devotional: “Yet God has called us to love even when we don’t want to, when we don’t feel like it, when we get nothing in return, when they don’t deserve it, when they’re not worth it, when they don’t even know it—when it makes no difference.” Excerpt From: Beth Moore, “Believing God Day by Day.”
Why do it? Because, He loved us first. And He promises the reward is great.