1 John 4:7

Beloved, let us love one another; for love is of God, and he who loves in born of God, and knows God.

Thought for the Day:   Remember who loves you.

Continuing my thoughts about visiting the town, Camden, where I lived from fifth grade through my sophomore year in high school has been such a sweet time for me.  Before I began my drive home, I wanted to make a visit to a dear friend.  As a young person, I shared time in her home because I played and spent time with her daughter.  Later, after my friend got married and had a home of her own, I continued going back to visit with her parents.  The visit I made Sunday was so special and will have special meaning to me from now on.  My visit was with one of the sweetest ladies I have ever known.  Mrs. Doris lived next door to me when I was growing up and I spent time with her daughter, Stephanie.  On Sunday, I walked up her back steps (as I always did as a child) and knocked on the door.  I waited for a moment and did not get an answer.  I turned to look around the back yard and heard movement behind me.  I turned to see my dear friend, Stephanie, at the door.  She invited me in and I saw Mrs. Doris sitting in the recliner.  She had been in the hospital and was still very weak.  I hugged her and sat down to visit.  We talked for a while as we had a lot of catching up to do.  Time slipped away and I realized I had to leave.  Before I left, I asked her if I could pray for her.  That is something very unusual for me and I don’t easily do that…..but I felt in that moment the calling to do so.  I leaned down very near to her, took Stephanie’s hand, and began praying.  I do not remember what I prayed but I do remember feeling Mrs. Doris’ tear flowing down my cheek.  In that moment, I felt more love in the rawest form as that tear flowed down my face.  I didn’t realize how much I needed that love until I felt it.  Mrs. Doris loves me and I am known to her.  I love Mrs. Doris and Stephanie, and I know them.

There are those moments in life when it is obvious that the time is ordained by God.  God leads us and it is our choice whether we follow where He is leading.  As I shared time with these two precious ladies, I felt love from them and through them I felt love from God.  As I drove away, I knew I was loved and I knew I had just received a blessing.  As I drove away, I felt I had just stood on Holy Ground.

Prayer:   Father God, thank you for placing us in those moments in life where we feel loved.  You plan those moments for us where you can share your love with us.  Help us see where you are leading and help us to enter.  We bless you today.  Amen.

Prayer Focus:  Visiting special friends

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