“The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; His mercies never come to an end” (Lamentations 3:22).
I want to share something with you this morning. I have been a child of God now for almost 50 years, and almost every day He still blows me away. I wake up every morning with anticipation of what God is going to do in, or through my life that day.
Yesterday morning was no different. The first thing I do after dressing, and starting the tea kettle, is to check my emails. There are typically many, and they are rated as far as importance. Some peoples emails go straight to the top.
I noticed one from a dear brother in another state, and I opened it first. It had arrived only minutes before I opened them up. As I read the first words I became very alarmed because the first sentence was very solemn, but they were controlled words. It stated that he had been awakened at 4am with some chest pains. This letter was written at 5:19am.
The letter was addressed to myself, and his only son, who I have never spoken to, or ever met. The essence of the letter was first, for his son and me to connect with each other. Secondly, there was a list of things that he wanted fulfilled, and the names of several people to be contacted, in a very specific order, along with all contact information.
As I thought about this I first wondered of the condition of my friend. I felt that it was too early to call him, so I didn’t, but I began praying. I was very surprised that he had included me along with his only son to have some part when he departs for Heaven since we had never discussed anything like this before.
I went ahead and made my way to the coffee shop, as usual, and couldn’t wait for 8am to come so that I could call my friends number. As soon as I left the coffee shop and jumped into my Jeep at 8am I made the call. To my pleasant surprise he answered his phone on the 2nd ring. My friend is a very proper, well spoken man, and when I heard him in normal speech and tone I was very relieved.
I said “how are you *******?” He said “oh, brother Levi, I’m fine. I was just a little alarmed this morning”. Without another breath he goes on to tell me to pray for a rabbi that he had breakfast with the day before. He gave the rabbi some things to think about and the rabbi actually listened to him and asked to meet with him again very soon. This is very encouraging, and if you knew the full story you would be encouraged as well.
That is my friend to a T, always thinking about others. His mind is always on how to help and pray for others on the “thing” that really matters; What is it that really matters? The Gospel! No, he is not paid to do any of this, this is my friends life, serving others; but he will be rewarded greatly in Heaven; And yet, he never is thinking about the rewards either. He is only concerned with what God will do through him that day.
You see, my friend is in a passionate love affair with a person. Not just any old person, but The Person of Jesus. This is why he is always about the business of helping others. Isn’t this what Jesus was ALL about?
We talked a few minutes about the things that we needed, and wanted to discuss, and off the phone we were. We both had important things to do. What a blessing this friend is to me. What a gift of God he is. What a tender mercy he was to me that morning.
This is the promise from The Lord to His people, “The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; His mercies never come to an end”.
Lavish yourself in God’s love today, and don’t forget to thank Him for those tender mercies.
Shalom, until tomorrow, Lord willing,