Stephanie’s father died of a heart attack – 2 states away. (She had rushed to his side after the first heart attack.) She was alone because her husband is deployed.
We received the news while driving to Cedar Rapids Saturday. On the way home, I called her. Alone in a motel room, she was happy to let me ramble for an hour. I told her every funny story I could remember about him.
What do you say to someone suddenly responsible for a cattle ranch, 2 llamas, and several pets? You tell them to eat.
Acts 27:34, “But I urge you to eat something now. You’ll need strength for the rescue ahead. You’re going to come out of this without even a scratch.” The Message
Sunday, I called again to check on her…
“Did you eat today?”
“Oatmeal and yogurt.”
“Not enough. Go eat more.”
Monday, I texted, “Did you eat?” She was smart and replied, “Breakfast.”
I left her alone while she made arrangements with the funeral director. The Red Cross was able to locate her husband and get him home. After he arrived, I stopped nagging her. I figured he could make sure she ate.
Making funeral arrangements is difficult. I know God will be with her every step of the way. I expect God to bless her even during this journey of grief.
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Acts 27:1, “As soon as arrangements were complete for our sailing to Italy…” The Message
Paul knew he needed to share the Message of Jesus in Rome. He talked about going to Rome, (Romans 1:15). God made arrangements for the Romans to pay for his trip!
It was not an ideal journey. He was in chains and the ship was lost in a 2-week storm. He ended up stranded on an island for 3 months.
How do you survive a difficult journey? Take the next step. Put one foot in front of the other. Each day, get up and do it again. Don’t ever give up.
“Peter teaches us that sometimes the greatest courage is in not giving up. It’s in rising from defeat, daring to walk with Jesus another day.” “When You Used to Be Brave” Elizabeth Laing Thompson, in Proverbs 31 Ministries
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