IMG_5889Romans 12:15 (AMP) – 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice [sharing others’ joy], and weep with those who weep [sharing others’ grief].

A few Friday’s ago, I received a disturbing call from my son explaining that his cousin Sean was found dead! He had committed suicide by putting a shot-gun in his mouth and pulling the trigger!

This thirty-one year old young man had suffered a brain injury 2 years back after being jumped by some goons who stomped on his head and beat him to inches of his life.

Sean had to re-learn how to walk, talk, feed himself and perform all of the basic functions of life. He was coming along well considering all that he had gone through but suffered many days with depression, never feeling good enough because he was and would never be himself again. No one close to him even saw this coming and had no idea that he was contemplating killing himself. He even went as far as putting plans in place with my son and his brother Aaron. In the end, Sean felt that he had no hope and that this was the only way out which we as Christians know that this is a LIE right from the pit of HELL!

Coming from a Native Indian background, many of their traditions were put in place leading up to the funeral. Family members came from all over this great nation to support their family. They sat around a camp fire sharing stories about Sean. Things that made them laugh, and things that made them tear up! One thing was for certain, Sean was gone and he would be greatly missed!

What do you say to those mourning? One thing is for sure; it’s not time to preach and it’s not even time to point out that there is HOPE found in the ONE and ONLY TRUE LIVING GOD, JESUS CHRIST! I began to notice that women were drawn to me. I did not know them; however they would make eye contact with me as they teared up and I would simply go and hug them and allow them to sob in my arms as I spoke quietly in their ears, “I’m sorry for your loss!” Yes, it was time to show COMPASSION!

The word “compassion” is a noun and means: sympathetic pity and concern for the sufferings or misfortunes of others.

Synonyms:  pity, sympathy, empathy, fellow feeling, care, concern, solicitude, sensitivity, warmth, love, tenderness, mercy, leniency, tolerance, kindness, humanity, charity.

In the Bible over and over again, the LORD showed compassion for His children!

Exodus 34:6

And he passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, “The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness,

Psalm 103:8

The Lord is compassionate and gracious; slow to anger, abounding in love.

One of the ladies said to me, “there’s something different about you” and then said she knew what it was and pointed to the cross that I was wearing! Sean’s mother said that she could feel that there was something different about me! It wasn’t me that she was sensing, it was The Spirit that resides in me! AMEN!

One of my favourite Bible verses found in (Isaiah 61:2b-3) says:

 to comfort all who mourn,

and provide for those who grieve in Zion—
to bestow on them a crown of beauty
instead of ashes,
the oil of joy
instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise
instead of a spirit of despair.
They will be called oaks of righteousness,
a planting of the Lord
for the display of his splendor.

As children of GOD, we have HOPE in our salvation because of what JESUS did for us on the cross. HOPE to know that this is not the end, only a temporal place where we are called to share the LOVE of GOD, and to fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses. (1 Timothy 6:12).  One day we will see HIM face to face where we will spend eternity with our Heavenly Abba Father and His only begotten son, Jesus Christ!

Revelation 21:3-4 (NIV)

And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’[a] or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”

So remember to be COMPASSIONATE to others in their time of need! Show GOD’s LOVE and be the LIGHT in this dark world so that others can taste and see that the LORD is GOOD! AMEN!

John 8:12 (AMP)

Jesus Is the Light of the World

Once more Jesus addressed the crowd. He said, “I am the Light of the world. He who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.”

In His Service,

Jenice McDonald

Shammah Outreach Ministries

In Loving memory: