I was called to Gloria's bedside. She had been a supervising nurse at a hospital before her husband beat her so badly that she sustained brain injury, had slurred speech and was confined to a wheelchair. Gloria asked for prayers and scripture reading the morning I visited her. She wanted to keep going so that she could give encouragement and comfort to other residents, many of whom were cognitively and/or physically challenged.
Penny was one of the residents for whom Gloria was a significant support. Penny, crippled by rheumatoid arthritis and in a wheelchair, was developmentally severely handicapped. In the frustrations of her daily life, Penny had many temper tantrums. She often attempted throwing herself out of her chair. It was Gloria who calmed her by calling her name and reaching out and touching her hand. Penny stopped immediately when Gloria touched her.
There came a day when Gloria had to move to assisted living. She grieved having to leave and wondered if she would still be able to give comfort and encouragement to others. I assured her that she would because the Lord's love shone through her. Others would feel that love and peace and would be helped. I soon relocated to a different area in the state, and so I am not able to report on Penny and her welfare.
What I know is that God's mercy is new everyday. I am thankful I am able to share the Lord's love through the gifts he has given me.
What is God calling you to be or do at this time in your life? How are you experiencing God's mercy?
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