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Topic: Christmas Gifts (11/13/08)
TITLE: The Gift to Mourn
By kafi woody
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The phone rang delivering the news that a family member had passed away due to complications caused by Cancer. I found myself feeling numb. Why? I really canít say. Was it because it was a distant relative whom I hadnít really had a close relationship with over past years? Or, perhaps deep down inside I some how grew accustomed to the belief that this was the normal result and expectation for people suffering from this ugly, debilitating, blood sucking disease. I mean sure I know and believe that Jesus is a healer, but somehow, somewhere I had become numb to lifeís predictable pains. I mean surely if this was a closer loved one, whom I had recent and often memories of, then things would have been different, disbelief, shock, uncontrollable sobbing, even severe grief.
There at the dinning room table, closing my eyes and opening my heart, allowing my soul to be searched, I felt my spirit being stirred. I could visualize his children, two sons, and one daughter missing, grieving, wanting their dad. Then came the vision of his sister, niece, and great nephew accepting there lost but missing him so terribly, and for a moment I could sense, feel, even taste their sorrow. Then I came to a place where I could see no face, only a soul. I started praying, and desiring to know if this soul had a chance to accept Jesus Christ as his personal Lord and Savior. How Iíd wished I could go back in time. My eyes begin to open and realization sunk in, the hands of time could not be rewind, so I found comfort in knowing and trusting that Godís will was done in his life. As I rose from that table heart opened, soul searched, and spirit stirred I was compelled to share the love of Christ with my family. The following day my greatest desire was simply to be in their presence. Not to speak many words, but to serve them, mourn with them and comfort them through the love of God
That day I was given an awesome gift, a heart of compassion, to mourn with those that mourn, and to love my neighbor as myself!
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