To The Ones Left Behind
Posted: Thursday, January 10
Verse of the day:
“When Sarah was 127 years old, 2 she died at Kiriath-arba in the land of Canaan. There Abraham mourned and wept for her.” (Genesis 23:1 NLT)
I hope you didn’t miss our Year End Block Party here at Oak Creek Assembly. If you did . . . well . . . you have 12 months to plan for the next one. I spent part of the evening as a cashier in our café. Barbiere’s breadsticks are from heaven. (They’re more like breadbricks than breadsticks. I’m just saying. If a pig built a house out of Barbiere’s breadsticks, it wouldn’t blow down, and it would be delicious.)
A lady approached the counter, and I asked her if she was looking forward to 2019. She wasn’t. This was her first Christmas without her husband. The heartbreak was beyond what she had anticipated. We prayed together, and then five minutes later, another woman asked me, “Can I tell you something? I don’t like to talk about it, but I want someone to know that my husband died last year. I’m doing okay, but I just want someone to know.” She quickly changed the subject as someone else approached the counter.
Every healthy individual has the desire to live, and yet, when we lose someone close to us, we can often feel left behind. Abraham felt the disorienting sting of loss when his wife Sarah passed away at the age of 127. He was a foreigner in an unknown land, and now, he was alone. Genesis chapter 23 tells a story of empathy and generosity. The native people offer hospitality and their very land to console Abraham in his loss. It is a picture of how we should respond to those in our community.
While I was sitting at the cashier’s desk, God raised my awareness for the ones left behind. I encourage you to reach out today to those you know. Express your love, and offer your support. In the kingdom of God, no one should be left behind.