HOW DEEP IS YOUR TOUCH?
Her call came in the heat of the day, at a time when work would usually have me tied down and unable to answer. For some reason the window was open and answer I did, ready to banter as we usually did. When she spoke, it was solemn and grey, filled with the sorrow of one who had more questions than answers of life’s unfair balance. As her voice broke, fighting hard to hold back her tears, she told of the passing of her son-in-law, barely 3 years after the loss of her own husband. Her young daughter, confused, shattered and bruised had moved back with her seeking to understand why, and needing a mothers comfort from one in need of answers and comfort herself.
When the question of how to celebrate my sweethearts birthday arose, we desired to do something quiet and different but try as I wished, the need to reach out to the widows we knew was strong and urgent. Failing to shake off the idea, I succumbed and set out to comply with my spirit’s desire. The hampers packaged and ready, a short note included, went out to the various recipients. My sweethearts birthday came and went, the gesture all but forgotten except for those who suddenly found they had not been abandoned at a time when a good deed was in short supply.
The Almighty God is full of mysteries and the world we inhabit is crowded with unanswered queries. All around us evil prevails and many times we are overwhelmed with challenges beyond our ability to comprehend. The call left me speechless, unable to find the right words to comfort a grieving widow whose period of mourning seemed unending. Remember us in your prayers was all she asked and as I put down the phone, it struck me that maybe, just maybe, as a lighthouse’s beam is to sailors lost at sea or the sight of an oasis to the weary pilgrim traversing the desert would be, God’s instruction to send a token to her was His way of letting her know that even in the midst of her grief and despair, He was right there and His thoughts were ever with her. To whom are you sent? God bless every one who has lost a dear soul today.