My friend Jeanette has a beautiful son, like stop-in-the-street-and-stare-at-him cuteness. And this sweet little guy has a terminal illness. On FaceBook and on her blog she often shares about his hospital visits, infusions, daily pain, and sickness…and about the sadness…and about the joy too.
This week they had the amazing (and humbling) opportunity to be blessed by other people through the Make-A-Wish Foundation. I am writing this post today because Jeanette asked her friends to help honor all those who participated in the building of a Danny-sized train in their Kansas back yard.
Therefore, as we have opportunity,
let us do good to all people,
especially to those who belong to the family of believers
(Galatians 6:10, NIV).
Jeanette and her family have been overwhelmed by what hundreds of people, many of them strangers, volunteered to do to help their sweet little boy. After a week of contention and disputes on social media, I am glad to see the goodness in this story, aren’t you?
Do you see a family graciously taking both the good and bad, and finding a way to see the beauty in all of it?
Do you see God’s provision for His people? How He shows great care for them amidst difficulties?
Do you see how people are His means of grace? That thought stops me in my tracks. The important question today is:
How can we be the blessing
someone else needs?
“And who is my neighbor?”
Jesus replied, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who stripped him and beat him and departed, leaving him half dead. Now by chance a priest was going down that road, and when he saw him he passed by on the other side. So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he journeyed, came to where he was, and when he saw him, he had compassion. He went to him and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he set him on his own animal and brought him to an inn and took care of him. And the next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, ‘Take care of him, and whatever more you spend, I will repay you when I come back.’
Which of these three, do you think, proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers?”
He said, “The one who showed him mercy.”
And Jesus said to him, “You go, and do likewise.”
Let’s all go, and do likewise, today!