Sunday, October 19, 2014

Open heart

"Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn." Romans 12:15

"She is non-responsive."
I stared at the text.  How could it be?

My aunt underwent major surgery, and we were surprised with her quick recovery.  Yet once home, she immediately started declining and returned to the hospital.  The issue addressed, she started improving again.  But the next morning, the text i received signaled something went terrible wrong.  

Non-responsive?  What?? Why, Father? How? Hour-length minutes later, the next text told all.

It was a horrible mistake.

We were given information on another patient, not my aunt.  Immediately, we thanked God and cried out in relief.  But another fact remained. Our joy in the morning turned into sorry for someone else.  In the midst of our joy, we needed to pray for the heartache of another.

Father, thank You for all the joyous moments in our life.  As we celebrate, help us to stay sensitive to the pain and hurt of others around. Joyful, prayerful, helpful, hopeful... keep my heart open to all needs.

friend, we are loved and chosen by God,

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