“Whose privilege is it?”

By , June 11, 2009

Just after sending out our last newsletter, I received several phone calls from terminally ill people requesting counsel on how to die. It was an astonishing series of incidents that came unsolicited.

One of the people is a lady who lives alone in modest circumstances. She is a widow, has buried both her children, and is the last surviving member of her family.

She is truly alone in this world.

It was a marvel to her that a perfect stranger, myself, would take the time to visit her. Several times on my first visit she made comment on how good it was of me to come to visit her.

I assured her that I was honoured to visit her. Somehow she did not understand that I felt the privilege was all mine.

When we visit one of these dear people we are visiting the Saviour. Jesus tells us, “…I was sick and ye visited Me…inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” Matt. 25:36,40.

How wonderful to think that as we minister to these lonely people, we are visiting the Lord Jesus Himself. Can any work be so valuable, so glorious as this?

I count myself privileged to be in a position to have many such contacts every week and to be used to minister grace to those whom the world does not know, nor care for.

As I sat with this dear lady a few days ago, the thought crossed my mind, when I do her funeral service, who will attend? I wondered if there would ever be someone to put flowers on her grave. The thought of her lonely existence gripped me and moved me greatly.

I sensed that although she was alone as far as human companionship was concerned, her little apartment was the dwelling place of the most high God. Her home was the sanctuary of the Saviour of sinners. She eagerly accepted the literature I gave her and promised to read it before my next visit.

When I left she thanked me again for troubling myself to come and see her.

For all those who support our ministry through prayer, words of encouragement, and in other ways, we thank you sincerely for helping us help the hurting.

This work is not possible without the consistent help of many fine Christians who know about what we do and assist us.

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. We do appreciate everyone who supports our ministry and we pray the Saviour will bless and reward you richly for your gracious efforts to see that this ministry continues.

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