The Lord is faithful in all his words, and gracious in all his deeds. The Lord upholds all who are falling, and raises up all who are bowed down. The eyes of all look to thee, and thou givest them their food in due season. Thou openest thy hand, thou satisfies the desire of every living thing.
Thought for the Day: Enter into God’s embrace.
I remember as if was yesterday. I heard the doorbell ring then a few minutes later I heard voices. When I walked into our den in the parsonage of Lambuth Memorial United Methodist Church, I saw him as he hugged my mother. Mr. W.T. had driven the distance from Camden to Jackson to come once again when my oldest brother passed away. Mr. W.T. was the director of the Funeral Home in Camden, but more than that he was a great friend to our family. My brother had passed away during the night as he lay in his bed in that parsonage, and Mr. W.T. had come to take him back to Camden for the funeral. As I walked in and saw my mother, it looked as if she was swallowed up in his embrace. I walked toward them and he took me into that embrace as well. He was and is a man of great stature so when he embraced you, he “really” embraced you. I remember that feeling of love and that feeling of certainty that he was going to take care of everything. I remember the feeling of surety that he was going to take my brother’s body safely “home”. Mr. W.T. was a great friend to my daddy, so he was the first and only person my daddy called to help take care of my brothers when they passed away. He was the one who loved us so much that he would do anything to make sure everything was done right.
As I visited my precious Camden over the weekend, I stopped by to see Mr. W.T. and his wife, Sammie. He has been fighting cancer for some time and I knew I could not leave town until I saw him. Our visit was precious as he shared with me stories about his precious grandchildren as both have recently married and have begun great adventures. I was able to share with him about the “cabin” adventure I had been on during the weekend. But most of all, I felt that “swallowed embrace” as I felt over 33 years ago. I felt his love. Today, I think about that embrace of love, and I think about that embrace God is waiting to give us one day as we enter His kingdom. As HUGE as Mr. W.T.’s swallowing embrace was on that morning, Jesus is waiting with open arms to swallow us into his love. When I reflect on that more, I realize that Jesus is already here swallowing us in His love, we just have to walk into His arms.
Prayer: Father, thank you for special memories of times we felt love so deep that it is permanently in our thoughts. Lord, God, please let us see your arms in front of us waiting for us to enter for our embrace. Help us know to enter where we will feel the love you want us to feel from you. Thank you for special friends who are your arms when we need them. You are an awesome God. Amen.
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