Driving home from work today, I passed a residential area.
For some reason, I thought about a senior citizen couple that lives there.
I haven’t seen them in quite a while.
Still, I remember their kindness from almost fifteen years ago.
My family and I were experiencing some very difficult circumstances.
This couple hosted a weekly prayer gathering at their home in a nearby town.
Someone who attended their gathering asked for prayer for us.
Just praying for our family would have been a wonderful thing.
This couple, however, went the extra mile.
Actually, it was the equivalent of several miles.
First, we received a phone call from them, inviting us to a service at their church.
After church, they wanted to buy lunch for our entire family of six at a nice restaurant.
When we arrived at the church, they were waiting outside the door, truly excited to meet us.
It was like we were long lost relatives that they had finally found!
This began a relationship of love and support as they continually reached out to us.
I remember them even taking our youngest two children out for put-put golf and to an animal petting zoo….
God’s love streamed from them into our family.
We joined their church and became very involved in many of its ministries.
Today, as I thought of how they had reached out to us when they had not yet even met us, a feeling came over me.
It wasn’t words in my mind but more of an encouragement in my heart.
An exhortation to be more like this couple.
A reminder to be more giving.
I will always remember how God loved us in that difficult time in our lives through the generosity and genuine care of those two precious people.
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.
—2 Corinthians 1:3-4