This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.—John 15:12 (ESV)
Always Ready to Help
God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble.—PSALM 46:1 (NLT)
My grandmother was the person I most wanted to be like. Nothing kept her troubled. Despite a lifetime of health challenges, she held to her firm conviction that the Lord would take care of her. After my grandfather died, I felt privileged when I was able to move in with her and help provide her care.
On Sunday mornings, Grandma and I ate breakfast together before I went to church. After breakfast, I would get her settled in bed where she watched church services on TV until I returned home. One particular Sunday, she wanted to linger at the table. I asked her to call me when she was ready to go to her bedroom, and I started to tidy up the kitchen. Less than five minutes later, I heard the crash. I rushed back to see my grandmother sprawled across the dining room floor, her walker upended. Her shoulder jutting out at an alarming angle.
Later as I sat with her in the emergency room, my thoughts swirled. Why couldn’t she just have waited and let me help her? As I prayed, the Lord gently reminded me how difficult it is for any of us to ask for help.
Lord, please reassure us that your love and care for those we serve is even greater than our own.
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