24 And let us consider how to provoke one another to love and good deeds, 25 not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
Two seriously ill men shared the same room in the hospital. One of them was lying in the bed near the only window in their room and was allowed to spend some time sitting up in his bed. The other man was forced to spend all his days flat on his back. When they talked, the man by the window described in details all he saw outside the window. Amazing views of a park with a beautiful lake. Children delightfully played among ducks and swans. Couples walked arm in arm among colorful flowers. When the man by the window was thoroughly describing all that was happening outside the window, his roommate would close his eyes and imaging all the beautiful scenes of life that were told to him. He looked forward to these moments each day.
When the roommate was no longer there, the other man asked if he could be moved next to the window. The nurse agreed and kindly made the switch. The man slowly and painfully propped himself up on one elbow and took the first look at the world outside. He was stunned. The window faced a blank wall.
When the nurse came to visit him the next time, he told her about beautiful things outside the window that his roommate described him. And was stunned to hear the nurse reply that his roommate had been a blind man. She said, “Probably he just tried to encourage you.”
“Have you ever met someone who is an encourager? The kind of person who sees the good in you, and the good you can offer to the world? One of the blessings of being people in a community of faith is to be able to encourage one another, especially to encourage our children, youth and young adults. In the formative parts of your life, can you think of encouragers perhaps in the church you grew up in? Or perhaps someone who encouraged you in a life of faith when you were seeking or had doubts?
Thank you Lord for encouragers you give us. Help us to care for each other. Amen.
Rev. Carolyn Hetrick
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