It is early afternoon and already it is a long day. I began my day with joy and within a few hours found myself in deep sobs as I sat at my desk. As I write this I still stop my work now and then and stare into space. During the weekend I read about a house fire in another area and that 2 children died in the fire. I prayed off and on for the family during the weekend. Then, late this morning when I heard the name of the parents, I realized I knew the family. Not long ago I chatted with the children. My cries turned into sobs as I recalled the conversation the 6 year old and his little sisters had with me about candy, as I sat and chatted with them.
I was visiting their church and was waiting for my ride, so we were just chatting away about whatever as I sat near them. Two of the children that died in the fire were the one's that I chatted with as I waited as their mother tried to keep all 4 together in one place. As I thought of this family I recalled how their Father always gave me a big bear hug when I visited this church and said, "Nancy, if you ever need me to help with something in ministry, just call me and I will come running." The church this family attends is my second home when I step away from the area I live in for a time of rest, quiet and work on writing projects.This area and the people are my place of refreshment.
It's funny how memories suddenly surface in times like these. It is during these times that we begin to realize the impact the christian community has in our lives.
Today various scripture verses flow through my thoughts in the midst of my tears.
God bottles everyone of our tears. Weep with those who weep. The body is made up of many parts and we are all joined together to do his (God's) work and built up together. As the dear pants for the water so my heart cries out for you.
As I write this I open my bible to Revelation 21. This passage always seems to bring me comfort in times of loss. It is a reminder of what is to come and the hope we have as Christians. Rev. 21:4; He will wipe away every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away."
Until the day comes and Jesus returns, we as the body must wrap our arms around each other as the body is one. God calls us to comfort those who are weeping with the comfort that we have received. This IS the body in action in community and this brings glory to God.
As always, Serving with you,