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Friday, September 14, 2012

God's Purpose

Yesterday, I discovered so much about our purpose here on earth.
It was a very emotional, with a huge spiritual awakening for me.
My mother is currently in a nursing home
to gain her strength back after'
being ill. She will be coming home next week,
but in the mean time it has been very difficult for her.
She is tired, misses being with her family, and very
depressed and emotional.
I went to visit her , and found her in tears.
Besides her extreme yearning to come home,
she was experiencing terrible pain from
a bad flare up with gout in her wrist. It was very
difficult to comfort her, but hugs and a lot of love
helped ease some of her pain.
In the bed next to Mom, is a wonderful woman
named Arlene. My heart goes out to this poor lady.
She is in pain all the time, and has limited movement
in her hands. Yet, her faith and spirituality are what
keep her going. She and Mom support each other,
pray together, and share their love of God.
When lunch came, Mom wasn't hungry, and ate
very little. When I asked Arlene how she was doing,
she said she was having her tray taken back.
I asked if she too wasn't hungry, she answered,
"I'm very hungry, but my hands won't work."
I went to her bedside and slowly fed her, and
helped her drink her juice. It was a very humbling
experience. In between bites, she stopped and said
"When I was hungry you fed me, when I was thirsty
you gave me drink." Tears came from her eyes. "Bless You".
I gave her a kiss on the forehead, "God Bless You Too, Arlene."
After knowing they were settled for a nap, I left for home.
On my way out, there was a young woman sitting on a bench outside
the doors, in total distress. I stopped to ask her if she was alright,
and through her sobbing, told me her boyfriend, only 44,
had just died, with her at his side. My heart just broke
in half for her. The pain was more than she could bear.
I sat down next to her and just held her. I talked with
this broken, devastated soul praying for the words to say.
I mean, what comfort can we be to a total stranger at
such a tragic moment in their lives? Yet, the words came,
and we shared our love and faith in Christ even in death.
I stayed til I knew she would be ok til her son arrived to
help her clean out his room.
I cried on the way home, so touched with the days events,
and so sad for Mom, a friend, and a total stranger.
Then, I opened this e-mail from Guideposts when I got home:

A Time to Think

Make no mistake about it, responsibilities toward other human beings are the greatest blessings God can send us.—Dorothy Dix

A Time to Act

Cherish your purpose in life.

A Time to Pray

Lord, keep me alert for opportunities to ease another's suffering.

I couldn't believe what I was reading. Even without seeing this before I left to see Mom,
God knew I would need this reminder that we are put on this earth
for one reason. And we all have this same purpose:
To Love our neighbors, and to be a testament to His love.
We are His tools, and through us, he will preform miracles,
provide love, be a comfort and give peace to the weary.
Thank-you God, and Bless all who are suffering, through those
who love you.


Diane said...

Wow! Very touching Laurie. It's amazing who He places in front of us and it's also amazing that we have the tools to help. Blessings Diane

Debbie said...

Wow, sounds like you had a very profound day. Ironic isn"t it, the way things happen..I had a very sad , actually "bittersweet " day today as well, and yes, God was a profound part of mine too..Debbie (Maine)

Jayne said...

It really is true that all we have to offer is ourselves, our souls, and unconditional love to all. What a wonderful example Laurie of how God uses us and has us in the right places at the right times to live out His intention that we love one another. Blessings to you and the lives you touch.

Marti said...

This is a very touching story Laurie. God bless you as you minister to others.

Pearl said...

This is a beautiful story thanks so much for sharing it. I hope your Mom gets better soon. Your such a sweetheart to take care of others the way you do. Love you kid!

kathy said...

Imagine living everyday being led by the Spirit to divine appointments. It is a higher calling for sure. Reading 'God Calling' keeps me wanting for a closer walk.

Nancy H. said...

Sometimes we are at the right place and the right time, but sometimes we are too preoccupied to see. It is these moments that you write about that helps us grow.
thanks for being my friend.