It was a couple of weeks before Christmas. My daughter had been given a massage gift certificate. She asked if I would join her, and of course, I did! Who doesn't love a good massage, and I very seldom get one, so this was going to be a real treat! I discovered quickly the young women I got that day would not be the woman that gave me the massage of my life that I was looking forward to. Instead she became an opportunity to speak of the hope and healing that only our God can bring.
She shared with me it had been one year since the death of her 14 year old sister. She spoke of how difficult this time of the year was for her and her family. Her sister was killed crossing the street getting off a bus after a long day of Christmas shopping. She also shared that her sister had accepted Christ as her Savior not long before dying. She was not sure about all this salvation "stuff" as she explained to me. We talked for the entire hour. I returned the next week to leave some books. I know without a doubt this meeting was orchestrated by God. It is no mistake that just a couple of weeks before the time we would celebrate His birth, He would reach out to bring comfort and the hope of heaven to a grieving family.
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
My daughter and son in law gave me a book to read, Brennan Mannings' "the furious longing of God", for mother's day. I also turned 54 the same week. I mention this because, on page 66 Brennan writes "I would simply do the next thing in love" if he had it to do all over again. As I move through this year my desire is to do exactly that. I want my heart to be led by God; to be a person who's actions are led by love. I will need prayer as I often find it is hard to be what you so want to be for God, in a world that so often encourages you to be what you want to be or what makes you feel good for yourself. I also pray that God will use me in service to Him, guiding me, as I find ways to share "I'll see you in Heaven".