Showing Up

John 11:32 Now when Mary came to where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet, saying to him, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” ESV

Here is the greeting Mary the sister of Lazarus. We know from the telling that Jesus waited four days in order to glorify God and demonstrate power over death itself. It will come of no surprise that I am not Jesus. Neither have I been given command to raise the dead.

This is my first post in a week. I will not apologize for not tending to daily blog commitment. Someone I love was told he had an aortic aneurism. This is a very serious condition so we left immediately for the hospital some three hundred miles away. I committed myself to showing up. I put down all other responsibilities and tended to the more pressing need.

I am retired so this is easier for me than most people. I have no boss to answer to except one, my Lord. What would my Lord have me do?

John 13:35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

Demonstration of that love cannot be a text message saying good luck. While I did not lay hands on hi and heal him, I did weep and prayed, and showed up. Of the three, showing up was the one that meant the most to him. So I feel I was obedient in faith to serve my Lord in serving my brother in Christ.

The only pressing question let is this. Can I do it for someone I don’t like?

Matthew 5:44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;