An Example of Faith

This past week, I had the privilege of sitting beside the bed of a dear friend while her family watched her pass from this life into the next.  As I watched this family weep, I knew these were tears that came from hearts who dearly loved her.  She was no longer physically able to respond, but that didn’t stop them from expressing their love.  I watched them say goodbye to this woman who had been a wife, sister-in-law, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend.  While she lay still in a hospital bed, her family lay beside her, held her hand, and continuously asked for prayer.  They were sad for their loss, but they were ready to let her go.

As the family gathered around her, they shared stories, they cried together, they leaned on one another, and they comforted each other.  This family of faith knew exactly where my friend was going.  I heard her husband whisper in her ear, “I love you. Now you will get to know Him fully.”  What a statement of faith.

As we sat together in the hospital room, we sang “How Great Thou Art” with Carrie Underwood and “The Old Rugged Cross” with Johnny Cash and other songs while playing YouTube videos on our cell phones.  In the midst of their pain, the family worshiped and praised God.

How wonderful to witness faith in action.  To see the peace and comfort that comes from knowing Jesus as Lord and Savior.

Even in her death, my friend was an inspiration to me.  Today, I am more thankful for the people that God has placed in my life.  I want to love them better.  I want to be a better daughter, wife, mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, sister-in-law, aunt, friend, and all the things that God has called me to be.  And more than ever, I want to point people to Jesus.

My prayer for each one of you is that you will seek to love people better.  I pray that you will treasure your relationships and value one another.  I pray that you will do whatever you can to bring out the best in people that God has put under your care.  And I pray that you will go out of your way to point people to Jesus.

“Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, watching over them–not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not pursuing dishonest gain, but eager to serve; not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock.  And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away.” (1 Peter 5:2-5)

See you in church!

Pastor Stef

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