by Melissa Henderson
And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. Ephesians 6:18 NIV
The decision was made. A dear elderly friend would be going to live in a local assisted living facility. His wife had recently passed away due to a severe illness, and the gentleman could no longer live alone. A big home with many rooms was too much to clean and keep everything in order.
Even with neighbors and family checking in to keep the grass cut and to make sure our friend was supplied daily with food, medicines, the time had arrived when he needed fulltime help. A nurse would be available at the assisted living home. There would no longer be a worry about the man falling and unable to call for help. Professionals would offer their assistance and administer medicines.
As family and friends, including clergy, met to discuss how to provide what would be needed, one of the first things mentioned was prayer. People offered silent petitions to the Lord. Some asked to pray out loud. The group gathered and promised to continue praying for this precious man. We wanted him to know he is wonderful, a beloved child of God.
Speaking the words aloud to him brought tears and joy. “You are wonderful. You are loved by God and by everyone who knows you. We are praying for you.”
A smile emerged across the gentleman’s face in response to the concern shared. In a low voice, he said, “Thank you everyone. Thank you.”
The apostle Paul wrote about the love God has for everyone. We are members of His family and that makes us wonderful. Whether we are praying for help, giving praises, or simply sitting with the Lord in silence, He knows our thoughts.
Our dear friend is settling into his new home. Yes, there have been adjustments. When he mentions life without his wife and the home they shared, tears often trickle down his cheeks. He is meeting people and forming new friendships, and that is a positive move forward. When he smiles, the love of God shines through.
I imagine him making new friends and tell them, “You are wonderful.”
Have you ever told anyone they are wonderful?
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About the author: Award-winning author Melissa Henderson writes inspirational messages laced with a bit of humor. With stories in books, magazines, devotionals and more, Melissa hopes to encourage readers. Melissa is the author of Licky the Lizard and Grumpy the Gator. Her passions are helping in community and church. Melissa is an Elder, Deacon and Stephen Minister. Follow Melissa on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and at http://www.melissaghenderson.com
Join the conversation: Who in your life needs to hear they are wonderful?