Time For God: Day 5

Written by Paul Beckingham

Focus: Psalm 121:7-8:
The Lord shall preserve you from all evil; He shall preserve your soul. The Lord shall preserve your going out and your coming in from this time forth, and even forevermore.

 
Reflect:
Elsie [name changed] attended the Hospice’s short Sunday service… as often as she was able. Arriving from her room by wheelchair, someone would push her, acting as her human power supply and moving her forward.

A small volunteer choir from a local church sang as Elsie swayed gently to the music. She listened closely as the Bible was read. Smiling, she focused on the brief Bible meditation. Her limited energy prevented her from gathering for tea-and-talk afterwards. But she enjoyed brief one-on-one interactions. Then she was wheeled back to her room. Elsie’s condition deepened over the following weeks. She rarely spoke. Her eloquence lay in her gracious smile, her quiet confidence in her Savior. She profoundly influenced the people she met.
 
Martin (name changed) was one such person. For 20 years he had cared for his wife at home until she recently passed. Considering his own future care, he came to the service wanting to see how a hospice worked. There he could weep freely to grieve his wife’s loss. He also observed Elsie. Her quiet faith transformed his view of God’s care. Her grace changed his thinking. When Elsie passed into God’s presence Martin felt blessed to have known her. Her life demonstrated how The LORD shall preserve your going out and your coming in from this time forth, and even forevermore.

At one tea-and-talk gathering, Martin complained of chest pains. Later, the hospital confirmed a heart attack. Surgery and self-care followed. Martin’s thinking moved from planning his own care. He trained to become a Visitor to several care homes. Now he shares God’s love to others. Martin discovered how The LORD shall preserve you from all evil; He shall preserve your soul. He shares that lived truth with others.

Consider:
How has God shown you His preserving care? How have you changed your goals to reflect that truth? How might you share your story with someone today?

Pray:
King of my Heart, you keep me from evil. You fill my cup to overflowing. Thank you for giving me a story worth sharing with others. Lead me to the people I need to meet. Lead me to the people who need to meet me today. For the sake of your glory and for their blessing, I pray. Amen

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