After losing my Grandmother, his wife and companion of 75 years, Grandpa took a small number of items with him to his tiny room at the assisted living residence but their home and most of the possessions that my Grandparents had collected throughout the years were sold and given away.
My heart ached for Grandpa through this transition yet he reassured me that he was holding tightly onto what he called, The Unseen Hand. He reminded me that there are some things we will never have to give up. The love lavished on us, and the love we bestow on others can never be taken away and the love of our Creator is always with us. It is the promise of being united someday with The Lord and our loved ones that sustains us. Grandpa implored me when life gets rough to cling tightly to the Unseen Hand.
Prayer: Lord please help us to know when it is time to leave the earthly nests we have built. Help us to listen to your call. Amen
Thought for the DayWe build ourselves shelters of wood, brick and stone but the only shelter that will bring total security is the loving arms of God.
So, do not fear, for I am with you, do not be afraid, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my victorious right hand. Isaiah 41:10 (NRSV)