Ray and I had a sweet surprise during intermission at the Dailey and Vincent concert that we attended recently. I have written several times in years past about our dear friend Jo who passed away from cancer a few years ago. To our great joy and surprise, Jo’s sister was at the concert. She recognized us from afar and came over for a visit. I’ll call Jo’s sister Jenny. What a comfort it was to visit with Jenny. The two sisters are so alike that it was almost like another precious visit with Jo.
In a fairly short period of time, Jenny had to say goodbye (for now) not only to Jo, but also to another sister and to Jenny’s husband. This was the first time we had seen Jenny since her husband passed away, so it was good to listen as she told her story.
Jenny told us that she had come to the concert with friends. One of those friends lost her husband to COVID. Jenny’s husband had passed away from cancer about a year after his diagnosis, but her friend had dropped her husband off at the emergency room, and because of COVID restrictions at the time, she was not able to see him alive again.
As Ray and I were driving home from town recently, we talked about Jenny’s friend. Suddenly a profound truth occurred to me. I told Ray that I believe that God was particularly close to believers who seemed to be alone when they passed away from COVID in hospitals. In the last words of the book of Matthew, Jesus promised:
“. . . lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
Always. That’s right. Always. I believe Jesus kept that promise, and I believe our Father in Heaven kept the one below also. Isn’t it wonderful that you get to share God’s promises with your children?
The Lord is near to the brokenhearted
And saves those who are crushed in spirit.