I attended a funeral in February. My sweet, dear friend’s mother passed away and even though I had only met her mom a handful of times, I wanted to be there to show my support.
The church was tiny and filled to the brim. Clearly Gail had made an impact in many lives. What I did not expect was to hear how she had lived as Jesus in disguise. A woman who suffered from a very lengthy illness and yet when she wasn’t in the hospital she was serving. She was giving – the shirt off her back, a place to stay, a meal, a listening ear & honest advice.
This amazing woman had literally died and been brought back more than once.
At Christmas the family thought it was really the end and yet in true fighter fashion this woman survived, again.
On my way to the service I called my friend Julie. I told her a little about Gail. About the almost death at Christmas. Julie said “Sounds like her time on earth wasn’t finished yet.”
This really gave me pause. I agree. Not only do I agree, I believe we – anyone who knew her or has been told about her – needed to see what living and serving really looked like. There must have been someone who hadn’t quite gotten the message yet. One more holdout who needed to be reminded yet again about what our purpose is.
That’s right – our great commission – Love thy neighbor – take care of people, be generous and kind, forgive, then forgive again. Help out and then help again. Get out of your own poor sorry me way.
If anyone had a right to feel sorry for herself this woman did. I forgot to mention she was in a wheelchair, had a trach and was on oxygen. And hosted Christmas dinner at her home anyway and was a foster mother for years and…
So now you know – Jesus in disguise. It is your turn. Pick up where Gail left off.
Be scandalous – forgive, give all you have, love & really live your life in service to Him.
It will not be easy. We have covered this ground before.
Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the LORD's great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, 'The LORD is my portion; therefore I will wait for Him'" (Lamentations 3:21-24 NIV).
Thank you for loving me. I want to serve you with my whole life. I want others to see you in me. Thank you for equipping me for this purpose. I know with you all things are possible. Even this. Amen
What’s your 1,2,3?
This is dedicated to Megan