1 Thessalonians 4:13-14
But we would not have you ignorant, brethren, concerning those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring wit him those who have fallen asleep.
Thought for the Day: Enough faith in God to say Thank You
My mother, the parent of two children with Duchene Muscular Dystrophy, was their main caregiver. She was their best friend, their best supporter, and their “mother”. She lived for those boys to make sure they had everything they needed in life. In 1972, my mother traveled to The Holy Land with my daddy’s mother. While there, they visited the Western Wall otherwise known as The Wailing Wall. My mother prayed while standing at the wall for our family and especially the boys as this place was Holy Ground and she knew her prayers would be heard. While there, she also wrote on a piece of paper a prayer that she had for my brothers and stuck it in the wall as others did during their visits. Many years later, in 1995, after my brothers had passed away, my mother was finally able to save enough money to go back to The Holy Land, but this time to take my Daddy. Her dream for years had been to take my Daddy and she saved money through her “New to Me” Consignment Store to make it happen. During their visit in Jerusalem, they went and prayed at the Wailing Wall. She again wrote a prayer on a piece of paper and stuck it in the wall. As tears run down my face, I write what she wrote on those notes stuck in this very Holy Wailing Wall. In 1972 she wrote, “God, please don’t let them suffer?”, and in 1995 she wrote, “Thank You.” I knew nothing of the first note until Daddy told me the whole story after they came home from their trip.
As I have now lived through the deaths of two brothers, a husband, and both of my parents, I understand her prayer. God gave me a perfect example in my mother of someone who loved in a way that most people never imagine, and through her eyes I saw a faith so deep and so loving that she only prayed that they not suffer. As I watched my husband suffer after his accident, I remember thinking about his suffering and that he would never be able to live a normal life with the injuries he had sustained. I don’t remember praying for him not to suffer because at that time, I think I was too selfish to pray those words. I remember sitting beside my mother, as she lay in a hospital bed watching as she weakened and praying that she would not suffer. I also remember talking to my daddy after he had lost his hair from chemo being so strong and still offering his words of wisdom. He died quickly and I remember thinking, “He didn’t have to suffer.”
God gave my mother an answer to prayer in not letting my brothers suffer and she had enough faith in God to say, “Thank You.” As I reflect now, I thank God that I have not seen my loved ones suffer through years of pain but that they were able to go on to see His glory. That is something to be thankful for.
Prayer: Father, thank you for giving us examples through life to help us through the struggles we go through, especially in witnessing the deaths of family member and friends. Thank you for bringing those loved ones to your side before they had to suffer through their illnesses. Thank you. Amen
Prayer Focus: THOSE GRIEVING