Psalm 46: 1: “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”
Twelve years ago today my beloved mother-in-law died of liver cancer. She was a beautiful lady inside and out. We still miss her so much. When she was in the last stages of the disease, she and her husband chose hospice care. That gave her eight children and their families opportunities to nurse her at home.
Dozens of people helped us survive those three months. Hospice employees and volunteers taught nursing skills. Neighbors shoveled the driveway so her doctor could come for treatments. Church friends brought meals and cards were sent. Friends from several states phoned their concern.
Danish hymnwriter, Nikolai Frederik Grundtvig, wrote in an 1855 sermon, “We will not be fearful or despondent in the great transition period from darkness to light, from death to life… for… God’s children… shall not fear evil as they walk through the valley of the shadow of death.”
God, thank you for the help we receive from Christian brothers and sisters. Show us how to help others in their need.