Saturday, May 28, 2011

Here to Help Each Other and Bear the Load (GUEST: Janice Luyster)

Awhile ago, I sent out an e-mail to some of my friends and family, asking for testimonies or stories of how God has worked in their lives. I gave 5 options for them to choose from, and one of those options was to share about a specific time in their life when God sent someone to be an “angel” to them. Earlier this week, I shared a story from Charity Vanderhoof about how God delivered her husband from seizures. She had mentioned the “angels” that were sent to her and her husband to help them. Now, today, I have a short story from

Janice Luyster

Jan is a relative of my husband, David, and a friend to us both. She enjoys traveling, flower gardening, reading and photography. She is also active in her church in various positions, one of which is writing a monthly library news article for the church newsletter. Here is the story Jan wanted to share with you all.

A gal from church who, I didn't know too well at the time, was sent to me about three days before my husband passed away. She stopped in where I was working and said she would come over to my house the next evening and help me, and that way she would be able to meet my husband. When I got home from work the next evening, things weren't going well. I called her and told her that she might not want to come over. She said she still would, as she had helped to take care of her mother when she was ill and passed away. She came that evening and the next evening. The following evening, when she came over, he had passed away about an hour before. Since then I've called her my angel.
Thankyou for sharing, Jan! It is encouraging to see how God brings certain people into our lives to help us at just the right time. He definitely uses average, everyday people like us to do HIS work. Your “angel” is an example to all of us to keep our eyes and our hearts open to other’s needs, and be willing to reach out to them in their time of need. Here is a beautiful old hymn that speaks of us being a servant to one another, just as Christ has been a servant to us.

The Servant Song
by: Richard Gillard

Will you let me be your servant;
Let me be as Christ to you.
Pray that I might have the grace
To let you be my servant, too.

We are pilgrims on a journey,
We are trav’lers on the road.
We are here to help each other
Walk the mile and bear the load.

I will hold the Christ-light for you
In the night time of your fear.
I will hold my hand out to you;
Speak the peace you long to hear.

I will weep when you are weeping.
When you laugh, I'll laugh with you.
I will share your joy and sorrow,
'Til we've seen this journey through.

When we sing to God in heaven,
We shall find such harmony
Born of all we've known together
Of Christ's love and agony.

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