Because you care…

An ancient story is told about a servant who journeyed with his master to Baghdad. As he walked the busy streets in the market place, he saw Death in human form. Death looked at him with such a piercing look that it frightened the servant, and he thought it meant that Death was soon to take his life.

He quickly rushed back to his master and told him what he had seen in the market place and asked if he might ride his camel to Samaria, 15 hours away, because he was sure that he would be safe there, for Death would not know where to find him. The master gave him permission, and quickly the servant was on his way to Samaria.

A few hours later the master was in the market place where he also saw Death in human form. He walked up to Death and asked, “Why did you look at my servant with such a threatening look?” Death answered, “That was not a threatening look. That was a look of surprise. I have an appointment with him tonight in Samaria and I was surprised to see him here in Baghdad.”

I think the point of the story is that you cannot escape death. Since none can run away from death, neither can we get away from grief. It’s a part of life. That is why scripture says, “There’s a time to mourn” (Ecclesiastes 4:3). But Jesus gave us a word of encouragement when He said, “Blessed are those who mourn for they will be comforted” (Mathew 5:4).

Even as we all have a time to live, we will all have a time to grieve. In those times we will need those we love. As Christians we must show our love to those who now grieve. The apostle Paul said, “Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you fulfill the law of love (Christ)” (Galatians 6:2). Is there someone who needs your support today? Then this is a good time to show your care…

Devotedly yours, 
Pastor Ron

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