Yes, the week started 7 days ago with a visit and a call to a friend’s death bed. It was tough and yet precious at the same time. Love was there. Words were not possible, but when I sang favourite hymns and my husband and I, on each side of her, holding a soft cool hand, whispered lovely things to our friend, and told how proud we were of her and her accomplishments, she squeezed our hands. BUT the biggest thing we affirmed to her was great joy in having watched her become who she allowed herself to become, drove/pushed herself to become, IN SPITE OF.
In spite of …. Fill in the blanks. In spite of all of it, she persevered and became a blessing to so many. Lovely people who many may have overlooked. Raising a beautiful daughter who cared for her 24/7 for the last 6 months. Yes, there was help, but she gave herself to her mom for the duration.
Then, the push as I’m aware of my headaches and visual changes that surface from time to time as a result of a concussion I suffered 4 weeks ago. The push to do what was necessary to do each day. Then the call that our friend’s journey here was over and she had winged her way to the very presence of her Lord and Saviour. Then her wonderful service on Thursday. A 3-cultural blending of her family and friends. Precious. Worshipful. Fun. Delightful. Honouring. Beautiful.
Then finding on Friday, tests confirming that part of my eyeball is not seeing. No doubt due to the concussion. Waiting for further testing. Waiting waiting.
Then today the joy of friends dropping in unexpectedly who live 700 miles away. They arrived mid-morning and stayed until mid-afternoon and what a wonderful visit. The icing on the cake of a particularly unusual and roller-coaster week.
Would I change anything? Well maybe the concussion and its’ lingering effects. But all the rest, NO. Not at all. You see, I get great joy from Helping and Ministering to others. And as I am open to the opportunity to do so, God sends others to me, or places me in situations where I can just be who I am. Where I can make someone’s load easier, whether in their living, or their dying, I want to be there. It is my Joy.
How is it YOU will serve others? What we do in life that brings the most satisfaction and makes our world a better place is ultimately some form of SERVICE to others.
What is your SERVICE NICHE? Someone said “Playing small doesn’t serve the world.” So find your place of true service, in your home/family, work, community, world. Where is it? Someone, some cause is looking for someone just like you. Take up the call and really find Joy and Purpose! Hugs to everyone reading this and thank you for reading.