Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | June 29, 2020

Honoring Those We Love

“Therefore, be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” Ephesians 5:1-2

When I got out of my comfy bed Sunday morning, I took a warm shower. Our house temp was perfect despite the humidity lingering outside. As I began to get ready for church, my husband (Jay) told me a local food bank needed help with meals for Father’s Day. So we changed gears and headed downtown.

A battered station wagon rolled into the parking lot. The grey haired, stooped man slowly emerged. The top of his car and the filled backseat with all his belongings confirmed this was his home. He was actually one of the lucky ones; he had transportation and a roof over his head. Ninety percent of the others who came to pickup their meal traveled by foot.

Homeless, out of work, struggling – too many stories untold yet evidenced on their faces. It was an ordinary occurrence for them to walk up to the door and receive a meal, bag of groceries and water. The shame of where life and circumstances had taken them often characterized their stride. Yet their lives depended on this meal, and their gratitude was evident.

Most of those who came for meals were men, some with little ones standing by their side. Jay and I were so blessed to encourage these men and wish them a Happy Father’s Day, and I really wish you could’ve seen their faces light up. It was a great way to honor them.

As we left to go home, I knew serving these meals was also the perfect way for us to honor our Dads who are now in heaven. My Dad had such a servant’s heart; he never knew a stranger and was always willing to help others even if his pockets were empty. Knowing Jay as such a servant, I’m sure his Dad probably was too. Today was a special moment when God allowed us to honor our Dads by serving men in our community – Dads who needed encouragement.

I can’t think of a better way to honor anyone than to find a way to serve others in their memory. Ultimately all that we do is to honor our Heavenly Father – to be a reflection of His love and grace. Praying we find ways to put a smile on His face this week by the way we imitate Him to our world.

“Father, so grateful and blessed with an opportunity to show your love to those who desperately needed to be reminded of Your forgiveness and grace. Help me to keep my eyes open and not miss opportunities to honor You by loving others.

For His Glory

Janet Martin
TRBC Women’s Life

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