Yesterday I watched a funeral online, for my husband’s uncle. He died at 94 years old. As his grandchildren tearfully shared stories and moments about their grandfather, I was touched by how much they loved him. Even after he died, his life is an example on how to really live. They talked about how his face lit up when he saw them and how quiet moments made a lasting imprint on their lives and hearts.
His uncle and aunt have the gift of hospitality. If you walked in their home, they cooked for you, talked to you and made you feel so loved. The Pastor talked about how the care team tried to bring them hope and instead left feeling physically full from their generosity and their hearts leaving full of hope and love.
His uncle, aunt and children moved from Pakistan, where they had a very successful life. They left everything behind. They chose Jesus above everything else. And their lives glorify God by their love, kindness and generosity.
When you try to live a life for Jesus, his light shines through you to others around you. A quiet, gentle person may make a long lasting impression on your heart.
I remember when my husband and I got married, my husband’s uncle said to me with a smile that the wedding went well and he had been praying for us and that it would all go well. Prayers and kind words make your heart smile.
Believing in Jesus fills your heart. When I need help, I look up to the Lord. God will protect us from all evil, so we can stand tall even in difficult times.
Life on earth will be full of joy and sorrow, comfort and troubles, happiness and pain. If we believe in Jesus, we know our greatest reward is not on this earth. We look forward to an eternal life in heaven with our heavenly father.
One life on earth can make a difference. It can give hope, encouragement, wisdom and love. Even after death, a faithful life can inspire those left behind to make choices that point to God.
God the Help of Those Who Seek Him
A Song of Ascents.
I will lift up my eyes to the hills—
From whence comes my help?
My help comes from the Lord,
Who made heaven and earth.
He will not allow your foot to be moved;
He who keeps you will not slumber.
Behold, He who keeps Israel
Shall neither slumber nor sleep.
The Lord is your keeper;
The Lord is your shade at your right hand.
The sun shall not strike you by day,
Nor the moon by night.
The Lord shall preserve you from all evil;
He shall preserve your soul.
The Lord shall preserve your going out and your coming in
From this time forth, and even forevermore.
—Psalm 121 NKJV