Compassionate Friends

In my distress I called upon the Lord, and cried unto my God: he heard my voice out of his temple, and my cry came before him, even into his ears. (Psalm 18:6) 
My friend Virginia was overwhelmed and exhausted, having to go to work each day and also care for her husband, who was confined at home with terminal cancer. Tearfully, she would leave him each morning with his lunch and water within his reach and walk out the door with an agonizing prayer, “Lord, how am I going to do this?” Hearing of Virginia’s dilemma, several people from our church began helping with meals. Others came to sit with her husband for a few hours each day. They would read the Bible and pray, chat, or watch TV. Virginia told us how comforting it was to know that her husband was being loved and cared for when she could not be there. A bit of compassion goes a long way. God had heard Virginia’s distress call and prompted her community to come to her aid. It was an opportunity for us to show God’s love as we followed the call of Christ, lightening her load. God was with Virginia and her husband during that time — perhaps most powerfully through compassionate friends and family. 
Dear Father, thank you for your care, and for the hands of those who share it. In Jesus’ name. Amen. 
Today’s devotion blessed me. I pray this devotion encourages you today to find a way you can be God’s hands extended. There is always someone in need and my prayer is that we are willing and ready to heed to His calling, that God may use us to be an answer to someone else’s prayers. Just being there for someone can sometimes bring hope when when all seems hopeless. 
Have a beautiful and uplifting day in The Lord! 
Today’s Reading is 2 Corinthians 1:3-4