On this Thankful Tuesday, I am grateful for friends. Friends who are there for you through thick and thin, friends who teach you something, who are willing to give you "the shirt off thier backs" if you need it more than them.
We have a friend who lives in a (nursing/retirement) home, in another city and is challenged. Gary has known him for over 15 years. He is 65 years old and has a limited mentality capacity. He has lost his mother, his father, and just recently a brother. Yet his attitude is happy, and he takes such pleasure in all the simple things. A bottle of pop, a good meal, an ice cream on a stick, watching a squirrel eat a peanut, or a visit from us. He sits outside, in the rain, the cold, or the heat, on the day he knows we will be there, waiting for us. He looks forward to our visits. We visit him, and each time, we give him a few dollars to buy a pepsi, or a coke, and he is always so grateful. His own brother rarely visits him.
This man has taught us so much. He has no idea how he has touched our hearts, he simply knows us as "his friends" no strings attached.
One never knows who will teach them something. There is something that can be learned in every situation.
We are at Jesus' disposal. If he wants you to be sick in bed, if he wants you to proclaim his word in the street, that's all right, everything is all right. We must say, "I belong to you LORD, you can do with me, whatever YOU will" This is the strength and this is the JOY of the Lord.