After dinner as I was reading a friend’s ministry newsletter, I noticed the verse she’d put on top of it: “God is not unjust; He will not forget your work and the love you have shown Him as you have helped His people and continue to help them” Hebrews 6:10. It ministered to me as I sometimes think our care of Audrey is unnoticed and unthanked. We do have many friends and family who support us and express their respect but I still must remember that God knows.
As I’m reading, I hear Audrey with her walker come down the hall to me in the office. She walks in with a thrilled look on her face and says, “Kathy, I just wanted to tell you how wonderful your dinner was. I haven’t had anything that good for a long time. I wanted to thank you. I’ll have to do something nice for you.”
I’m sitting here stunned. She rarely expresses heartfelt gratitude. And I tried to really receive it, knowing that within 15 minutes she could be angry again. But God’s juxtaposition of that verse and Audrey’s gratitude really struck me. “Oh Lord, help me to receive it as if from you.”