Posted by: glorifyhim1 | January 16, 2014

Always There

Always There

This past weekend, my husband and his five brothers lost their only sister, Christine. Her two daughters and their children and their children lost their Mom, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Sisters-in-law lost a sister, nieces and nephews lost an aunt, friends lost a friend, and all who knew her lost someone very special – someone who was always there.

While the relationships each of us shared with Christine were all different, some much more close and personal than others, I think most of us would probably agree that Christine was easy to love because of the way she loved. She accepted you the way you were, loved you the way you were, never asked for anything in return – and she was always there.

She was always there with that sweet smile, gentle spirit, and a genuine caring attitude.

She was always there for her family. She loved her family with all her heart and practically every conversation I enjoyed with her usually included some sweet story about family, perhaps something about a grandchild or great grandchild, and sometimes something on her heart she wanted me to pray about. In earlier years, I can remember she would always have photos to share and the story behind each picture. In later years, she would sometimes tell me to be sure and look at the pictures someone in her family had posted on Facebook. She loved and cared for her family and they knew that she was someone who would always be there for them.

She was always there for her friends. She called, sent cards, and let people know that she was thinking of them and praying for them. Christine genuinely cared for others and was concerned for what they may be going through. And while she might not have been physically able to do a lot for others, her friends knew that she was always there to listen, to encourage, and to pray for them.

Sometimes, it can be easy to overlook quiet, gentle people like Christine. They don’t clamber for attention, but are much more satisfied in the background. They don’t try to keep up with everyone else, but find contentment in what they have and in what they can do. They don’t argue, strive, or contend; but they are always there, quietly in the background, ready to encourage and lift up others.

As I was thinking about Christine, I was reminded of what Paul told the Ephesians: I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace” (Ephesians 4:1-3). We’re not all called to be a Christine. God gifts each of us in different ways. Yet we are all called to “walk worthy” of the calling we have, and to walk with lowliness, gentleness, longsuffering, love, and peace. Christine made that walk look easy as she allowed Christ’s love for her to spill over in the way she loved others.

I’m thankful for the privilege of knowing Christine. She taught me much, not so much by what she said, but by the way she lived and by the way she loved. She helped me see Christ a little more clearly and showed me that sometimes the most important thing we can do for others is to just be there – to listen, to encourage, to pray, to love – always there!

 

 

 

 

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  1. This is so beautiful, Kathy. What a great reminder of the high value of each gift that God grants people. Praying for comfort for you all as you mourn!


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