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July 31, 2022 8:00 pm
Kelly was battling brain cancer when the COVID-19 crisis hit. Then fluid developed around her heart and lungs and she had to be hospitalized again. Her family couldn’t visit because of the pandemic. Her husband, Dave, vowed to do something.
Gathering loved ones together, Dave asked them to make large signs with messages. They did. Wearing masks, twenty people stood on the street outside the hospital holding signs: “BEST MOM!” “LOVE YOU.” “WE ARE WITH U.” With the help of a nurse, Kelly made her way to a fourth-floor window. “All we could see was a facemask and a waving hand,” her husband posted on social media, “but it was a beautiful facemask and waving hand.”
Late in his life, the apostle Paul felt alone as he languished in a Roman prison. He wrote to Timothy, “Do your best to get here before winter” (2 Timothy 4:21). Yet Paul wasn’t totally alone. “The Lord stood at my side and gave me strength,” he said (v. 17). And it’s also apparent that he had some encouraging contact with other believers. “Eubulus greets you,” he said to Timothy, “and so do Pudens, Linus, Claudia and all the brothers and sisters” (v. 21).
We’re created for community, and we feel that most keenly when we’re in crisis. What might you do for someone who may feel entirely alone today?
Welcome to today's encouragement from Our Daily Bread always entitled in this together was written by Tim Gustafson. Kelly was battling brain cancer.
When the code 19 crisis. It then fluid developed around her heart and lungs and she had to be hospitalized again. Her family couldn't visit because of the pandemic. Her husband Dave vowed to do something. Gathering loved ones together. Dave asked them to make large signs with messages faded wearing masks 20 people stood on the street outside the hospital, holding signs, best mom love you we are with you. With the help of a nurse. Kelly made her way to 1/4 floor window all we could see was a facemask and a waving hand.
Her husband posted on social media, but it was a beautiful facemask and waving hand late in his life. The apostle Paul felt alone as he languished in a Roman prison. He wrote to Timothy do your best to get here before winter yet Paul wasn't totally alone. The Lord stood at my side and gave me strength.
He said, and it's also apparent that he had some encouraging contact with other believers you list greets you, he said to Timothy, and so do Prudence Linus, Claudia, and all the brothers and sisters, we are created for community and we feel that most keenly when we are in crisis. What might you do for someone who may feel entirely alone today are scripture reading today is from second Timothy chapter 4 verses nine through 22 dear bus to come to me quickly for Dimas because he loved this world, has deserted me and has gone to Thessalonica Grecians has gone to Galatia and Titus to Dalmatia only Luke is with me. Get Mark and bring them with you because he is helpful to me in my ministry I sent to cast to Ephesus when you come bring the cloak that I left with carpet etc. OS and my scrolls, especially the parchments. Alexander the metalworker did me a great deal of harm. The Lord will repay him for what he has done you two should be on your guard against him because he strongly opposed our message at my first defense. No one came to my support but everyone deserted me. May it not be held against them, but the Lord stood at my side and gave me strength so that through me. The message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it and I was delivered from the lion's mouth the Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and will bring me safely to his heavenly kingdom.
To him be glory for ever and ever. Amen great Priscilla and Aquila in the household of Anna Severus Erastus stayed in Corinth and I left draw from this sick in Miletus. Do your best to get here before winter. You list greets you and so do Prudence Linus Claudia and all the brothers and sisters.
The Lord be with your spirit. Grace be with you all. Let's pray dear father, thank you for the comfort you give us through your spirit, and for the community of believers you surround us with hope was to be alert to the needs of others who are feeling lonely and reach out to them and be a friend as they need.
Thank you Lord it's in Jesus name we pray. Amen. Thanks for listening today I'm Steven. And today's encouragement was provided by Our Daily Bread ministries