This is a handkerchief that sat on my lap last week on my way to a funeral.
But it wasn't for me.
It was for one of the sweetest ladies I know who was having to let go of her beloved brother who had been sick for a long time. I was bringing it for her.
To wipe away the tears that were sure to come.
~Bringing a handkerchief to someone~
That seems so small doesn't it?
Well, a gesture so small can mean the world to someone who is hurting.
It did for me.
You see, I didn't come up with this thoughtfulness on my own.
When I was the one in need, when my own brother died tragically in an accident,
I was on the receiving end of a handkerchief.
A dear friend gave one to me and my mom as she hugged us both.
Few words were said but her thoughtfulness that day has lasted a lifetime.
We both used our little hankies throughout the day when the tears would come.
I still have mine.
Such comfort even when no words of wisdom can be found to share,
when the grief is strong, the situation is unfair, and hearts are breaking...
a simple handkerchief can speak volumes and bring great comfort.
Death is inconvenient and interrupts our lives when we least expect it.
Because of this, I buy hankies in packs and keep them ready to give away in times such as this.
Maybe you can do the same.
I am forever thankful for the thoughtfulness of my friend who took the time to do that for me.
"Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted."
"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also abounds through Christ."
2 Corinthians 1:3-7
today I am thankful for:
~my husband's calling and that God is using him to advance His kingdom~
~my favorites slippers~
~my daughter who speaks up for God's word even when it cost her~