This week has been interesting to say the least and way out of my normal way of doing things.
Verses on helping others;
- Isaiah 25:4 “You have been a refuge for the poor, a refuge for the needy in his distress, a shelter from the storm and a shade from the heat. For the breath of the ruthless is like a storm driving against a wall.”
- 1 John 3:17 “If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him?”
- Proverbs 14:31 “He who oppresses the poor shows contempt for their Maker, but whoever is kind to the needy honors God.”
Some of my posts lately has been about this young man that I have loved and continue to love that passed away. He made a choice that is hard to understand. His family has been coming together in some ways, while others are angry and hurt and for good reason at times.
When Frankie’s parents let me know that his Uncle Dave was coming into town to visit. He brought with him his wife and daughter. They came down with very little money and means. They knew they needed to be here to support his sister Tina and his niece and family members. I have never met them, but something or someone put it on my heart to offer to let them stay at my house. Little did I know that they have been sleeping in their car and have so little when it comes to putting gas in their car. Now, I have no money to help, but I do have a bed, and food. So I offered to let them stay and they accepted.
They were praying for God to help them make this trip possible and to help them find a place to stay and food to eat since they would have nothing to spend. They are Godly people that believe in the power of prayer. Even their 5 yr old daughter will break down in song and prayer in a moments notice. It has been nice getting to know them and to learn more about what it is like where they live and their views. Not to sure on the whole eating possum thing though. I think I will leave that to them.
Because they are here visiting family, my house has been crazy. Some of Frankie’s family members don’t get along and there are a lot of hurt feelings, anger fear, and all the things that go along with the knowledge of loosing a son, father, brother, friend, nephew and such to suicide. My house has been a place of mediation and a safe place for them to meet up. Seeing everyone together makes me thankful for my family and sad for his in many ways. I wish they could find the place in their heart where love once resided in their hearts. I know it is there. But a lot has happened and it is clouded right now.
My deepest prayer and hope is that they can heal and be a family. All families have issues and fights, but I know that Frankie would have loved to have everyone get along. And I have also seen a warm side to Anne over this week. I only met her a couple times and liked her before. But lately, I have been seeing how much of a warm person she is and even though she has a temper and says things in a different way. I see in her eyes and hear in her voice that she is a person who loves others. She loves her daughter. She is in a scary place in her life right now. She lost the one person she loved deep in her soul. She lost the father to her daughter. She is basically homeless and has very little means to support herself. Anne is a person I would like to get to know better and I think there is more to this girl than meets the eye. Anne is in my continued prayers. I know that she will be a wonderful mother if given a real chance. She is strong and I have seen she has a strength about her. I guess I just look past some of the angry remarks and realize how much she is hurting and she needs someone to be there for her. Not to take away from her, but to help her along the way and be a friend.
But this week has been strange because of this and my house has been crazy. But not in a bad way. I have learned from my house having so much diversity and this little girl Frida May has shown me why God loves the children. She has such a genuine love for the Lord.
- 1 John 3:1 See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him.
God has also shown me this week that even when I think someone is a lost cause, that I’m wrong. Nobody is a lost cause. Everyone is worth being prayed for. God can change anyone and can use a bad situation and turn it into something positive. I don’t know what God has planned, but I have to say “I’m pretty excited to see what is in store”.
- Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.
I would like to ask anyone that is willing to keep them in your prayers. This family needs to be covered in prayers. God knows and understands what the needs are. I pray that they can heal, find peace and know that they are loved.