Because of the LORD’s faithful love we do not perish, for His mercies never end. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness! I say: The LORD is my portion, therefore I will put my hope in Him.
When you’re in the midst of pain, it doesn’t seem like God is showing you much mercy, but looking back it’s easier to see His caring hand supporting you and comforting you in the midst of pain. When you’re hurting, sometimes He sends caring friends your way to show you His love. Their words may be inadequate or awkward, but their efforts speak of their love.
About two weeks ago I lost my Uncle Bud, a dear, sweet man who touched the lives of many. He was a constant encouragement to me while I was growing up. He had an ability to instill in you a sense of confidence that you could accomplish whatever you set your mind to do. His ability to inspire people and touch their lives was clearing evident when he died. Over two thousand people came to show their respects to him! My Uncle Bud was a man who lived in a very small town all his life. (There’s only a post office, a gas station, and a Dollar General, besides the prisons, in the small town he lived in all his life.) It amazes me how a 77-year-old man could make such a difference in the lives of so many people. However, when I think about it, I know why. He was a man who loved God and helped people to believe that they could accomplish great things with God’s help.
Seeing the outpouring of people’s love when he died was God’s way of providing mercy to our family. Although it has been a painful time, we have been comforted and supported by the people who have been touched by my Uncle Bud’s life. God’s mercy and love gives us hope for the future.