My grandmother lived to be 99 years old. She was in a nursing home for care after she fell and broke her hip.
She had a roommate. She had a very special roommate. As my grandmother was slowing slipping into the presence of the Kingdom, someone was looking out for her.
I visited and helped my grandmother as much as I could. But I could not be there 24/7. Her roommate was special. Her name is Ruth. Ruth would make sure that the nurses would put an extra blanket on my grandmother. She fought for her needs and got in trouble for not minding her own business. Ruth stood firm and did what was right for someone who could not utter a word to ask for help.
I love Ruth. I feel that God has called me to make time to visit her. For someday, she too, will need someone to stand up for her. She is slowly dying of heart failure, yet she is full of heart.
Making time to visit is not always easy. I have to be intentional and make the time. Oh, and rely on the Holy Spirit who will help me!
God has given gifts to each of you from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Manage them will to that God's generosity can flow through you. ...Are you called to help others? Do it with all the strength and energy that God supplies. Then God will be given glory in everything through Jesus Christ.
1 Peter 4:10 - 11
Pure and lasting religion in the sight of God our Father means that we must care for orphans and widows in their troubles, and refuse to let the world corrupt us. James 1:27
I believe it is clear, that I (we) must stand up for those who can't, and be their help. I feel a calling to stand up for and help Ruth. Is there a Ruth in your life?
I think there are many ways to be a part of the Kingdom of God right where we are. It may be inconvenient, but we can accomplish these things in His strength and by the strength of the Holy Spirit.
For the Kingdom,