I stood by her bedside.. while she prepared to take her last breath. I almost didn’t come here.
I haven’t seen my friend in a few years. There was a day when we would get-together. I would share Christ with her, and listen to her struggles –while waiting for her to follow the way of Christ – to bear her burdens. We would talk about her doubt in the existence of God. She was a dear friend…and always so full of life. She has red hair, and the spunk to match.
And then… she moved away. I didn’t see her for a time.
Now, I am torn – I have heard that in the short time we lost touch, that she was diagnosed with cancer. She was dying. I had no idea. I would have been there for her. But now, someone tells me that she is home..waiting. She has children, and a husband. I have fears, and wonder if I should go to her home during these last days.
I pray and know I must go. I hold her hand and talk. Her eyes are closed and I can tell she is listening. I pray over her- and she turns her head towards my face. Eyes closed. I begin to cry.
I pause. Holding her hand in the quiet. Her new husband is watching me. I have never met him. I am sure he must think I am a stranger… but he begins to say – “ Are you the friend that she has spoken to me about – the friend that always shared Christ with her, and encouraged her when life was so hard?” He spoke of more specifics, and then he said..” I have to tell you something that she would want you to know….”
“She came to know Christ as her personal Saviour last year, and knew that you would rejoice with her.” “She boldly proclaimed her faith to as many as she could before her cancer claimed her health.” “She has been waiting for you to come.”
My dear, dear friend was going to see Jesus. She listened to His call.
I cried all the way home. She passed into eternity a few hours after I held her hand, and cried over her life.
What if I had never followed the Spirits call to GO. I would have never known that she had given her life to Christ.
I listened – and was led to act.
Do you ever hear the Spirits promptings to encourage another person?
Perhaps you have had a name of a dear brother or sister in Christ come to your heart and mind during the day or night? What we do with those promptings –matters for Christ’s Kingdom. Do you follow through with the whispers of those that might need your voice in their life today?
We are called to be Obedient in so many areas. Listening, and following the lead to pray, speak, or act on another’s pain, burdens or needs, will bless in ways immeasurable. We are One Body – Carrying the burdens of other’s to the Lord, with words of encouragement, acts of service, or unconditional love. The Spirit will complete a work – in and through us.
Encouragement is a calling. Listen to the call, and be obedient. Don’t let His promptings fall on a deaf ear.
The compassion of words, cards, a simple message of hope resonates deep within the spirit.
Imagine the potential of this community if every woman here followed sincere promptings to pray on the behalf of another daily.
I have learned to be still, and hear the spirits calling. Will you join me in this beautiful community, of looking beyond ourselves, to the hearts of others?
Blessed be the tie that binds, our hearts in Christian love.
Can you hear the whisper? Be still. And then follow.
Don’t miss the blessings – They are at every turn.