Our Healing Efforts…

Love your enemy and do good…
Be compassionate as God is compassionate.

From John 6:35-36

My goal this Lent has been to bring healing to this world through my efforts on behalf of those around me and within myself. I’d like to think that I’ve succeeded to some extent on both counts. Still, I’ve spent more time than expected on healing of the physical kind. Our household has been besieged by the flu and colds. Our attempts to return to good health have required much effort. The good news is that this time at home has provided unexpected opportunities to bring healing to those around us, especially for my husband.

He called his aunts, partly to catch up on the latest family news and mostly to check up on their well-being. He also called his cousins, out-of-town friends and those nearby. Mike’s efforts have kept once-fragile relationships intact. It was a while ago when Mike’s efforts were most successful. His uncle had passed away…

It had been years since they’d seen one another or spoken. Still, when my husband heard about his uncle’s passing, he went to his visitation. My husband’s generation wasn’t privy to the events which had brought about their parents’ strained relationships. In the end, he’d decided that his generation shouldn’t propagate these unknowns which had kept them apart for too long. When Mike arrived at the funeral home, his cousins welcomed him to mourn with them. They very much appreciated his effort. Later, when my mother-in-law passed away, Mike’s cousins graciously returned his thoughtfulness in kind. Ever since, all has been well.

Now that we’re recovered, I’ve rekindled my efforts with the hope that they will also end well!

Loving God, give us the courage and generosity to bring healing to those in need, especially when it is most difficult to do so.

©2019 Mary Penich – All Rights Reserved

Joyfully Reconciled

They looked for Jesus and said to one another
as they were in the temple area, “What do you think?
That he will not come to the feast?”

John 11:56

My husband is very good about staying in touch with his extended family. He frequently calls his elderly aunts and uncle, partly to catch up on the latest family news and mostly to check up on their well-being. Things have not always been this way. It was some time ago when my husband took the first step in making things right…

It had been years since they had seen one another or spoken. Still, when my husband heard that his uncle had passed away, he went to his visitation. My husband’s generation was not privy to the numerous events which had brought about their parents’ strained relationships. In the end, he decided that his generation should not propagate these unknowns which had kept them apart for too long.

It was with great relief that he returned from the funeral home. His cousins very much appreciated his gesture. Later, when my mother-in-law passed away, my husband’s cousins graciously returned his thoughtfulness in kind.

Loving God, give us the courage and generosity to comfort those in need, especially when it is most difficult to do so.

©2016 Mary Penich – All Rights Reserved