My heart still aches for his family. I'm sure they wake up every day and hope that what has happened has just been a really bad dream. But it's a true nightmare that doesn't just stop at night. It continues day after day.
The memorial service focused on what a good, kind man this guy was. He never said no to anyone in need. The preacher used the story of the Good Samaritan to describe him. He told about how he could fix anything with his hands. He worked hard.
One thing that stuck out in my mind as we visited with the ones we were related to is something they almost all said, "Thank you for coming." "Thank you for being here." We wanted to be there. We are thankful we could be there.
Last Wednesday night I did a lesson in my ladies' class about valuing the individual - being present for the person right in front of you. I love that thought!
So many times, when we visit the sick, comfort the hurting, or just talk with friends or acquaintances, we are in a hurry. We have a to-do list and a mission, but it's about what WE need or want. It's about OUR schedule. It's about OUR time table. But ministering to others by just being there is HUGE. BEING THERE is HUGE. Listening, serving, loving, caring.....it's all about THEM.
This week you will encounter people who need you. They need you to just be there. They need to know that you care. Give them your time. Listen. Love. Care. Serve. Be present. Value them. Show them that you have time for them. Don't be in such a hurry.
When tragedy strikes, or even in just normal everyday conversations, someone is needing you to be there for them. BE PRESENT FOR THE PERSON RIGHT IN FRONT OF YOU. That moment may never come again. Don't waste it.
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. Philippians 2:3-4