A friend wrote me and others this week asking for any encouragement for her grandmother, 88 years old, who's been given 4-8 months to live. They're a family of very strong Christians, but they're very sad, of course. My friend wants to help lift her family up so she emailed some of her friends asking for particular words of encouragement and scripture that would help.
The next morning at 3 AM, I woke up and thought about a bag I'd received from our friend and blogger Elmer's Brother (Ray) and his mother, wife, and children, after Mr. Z and I first learned of his diagnosis of incurable Amyloidosis 2 years ago now.
I found the manila envelope and poured its contents on my desk and out came the thin strips, little squares, and folded notes all of which had encouraging, inspirational Bible Scripture on them. Some were embellished with stickers and other little things and I remembered how it cheered us up no end just to think of people in a different State who we didn't even know that well working so hard typing and cutting and gluing and spending so much time for us. It was a treasure to us then and it is a treasure to me still.
In that melancholy mood, under my desk lamp glowing brightly in the still-dark morning, I picked the scriptures I thought were right for someone who knows she's going to be leaving this earth. I typed about 15 of the them on an email to my friend and sent it off with compliments of myself and Ray's family, including the story of how we'd received such words of encouragement from them. Doing that lifted my own spirits dramatically.
My friend emailed me later that morning with thanks to me and to Ray's family...she included
"I think this (going through the verses she got from me and others) is building MY faith, so I know what you mean when you say you enjoyed typing yours up." and "I'm blessed to know it was a great comfort and encouragement to you and Mr. Z."
I spoke to Elmer's Brother (Ray) yesterday on the phone and thanked him again for giving me those things with which I was able to help my friend and he said his family's going to do another bunch soon as encouragement for his Pastor....they prepare them and take them in the night to friends' homes and lay the little papers of Scripture on their cars so, when they go out in the morning, they have all those words of encouragement to make their day! I thought that was a great idea and one worth passing on!
"For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do." Ephesians 2:10
Have a wonderful Sunday........I'm going to try do something nice for someone, like Ray's family does; you never know just how far it might go.