7 August 2012

For Such A Time As This...

I’m on my sister’s social networking page when I see the comment. My auntie’s mum has had a stroke.

I’m glad I am sitting down on my bed.

Granny Mavis with her glasses and wavy white hair — 98 and still mending and knitting and whatnot despite her hunched shoulders, back problems and crumbling bones.

This kindly lady who looked upon my sister and I as part of her own though we were barely related through my aunt’s marriage to my father’s brother.
'Rise in the presence of the aged, show respect for the elderly and revere your God. I am the LORD.'
- Leviticus 19:32
This kindly lady who is great great grandmother to little ones.

The kindly lady who seemed elderly when I was young, now sits in a hospital bed, still physically capable but unable to communicate.

Auntie and Uncle live overseas and Granny Mavis lives with them and at this moment we must all seem so very far away to them.

We too feel we are too far away at a time like this.

So we do the next best thing and join together over the social networking site and via email and pray health for our elderly friend in a hospital bed.

O Lord my God, I cried to you for help, and you have healed me. Psalm 30:2
Lord God, you are the one who grants us the days of our lives and fills them with your loving care. We praise you for the many years and countless blessings that you have given.  Strengthen us with the reminder that our days are in your hands and our purpose in this life comes from you.  Fill our minds and hearts with thankful thoughts, pleasant memories and quiet contentment. Your grace and the forgiveness of sins are blessings that alone are enough to sustain us. Let all that Jesus has done be the first thought of the morning, the foundation of the day and the comfort each evening. Thank you Lord, for the privilege of laying our hearts and concerns in your hands and for your promises that comfort and strengthen us each day. In Jesus name we pray, Amen.

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