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Experience the comfort and guidance offered each day in 365 Spirit-Lifting Devotions for Women. Designed to lift up your spirit, each devotion begins with a Scripture followed by an inspiring story written by women of different ages and backgrounds. They conclude with a brief quotation from a poetic woman. Best-known as America's favorite storyteller, Guideposts stories emphasize the power of faith in the lives of ordinary people. Coypright 2011.
In my Fatherís house are
In my Fatherís house are many mansions.- ó John 14:2 ( KJV)
My dear friend and coworker Sylvia Gardner retired from the
Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Huntington, West Virginia, this
past year, and her leaving reminded me of a time when she was my treasured
God-find. It was a chilly day in April, the day we buried my mother.
What made the day even more difficult was the fact that my dad was in the hospital and unable to attend Motherís service because of the stroke he had suffered the day Mother died. As we five siblings and five grandchildren huddled around the casket at the gravesite, I imagined Dad in his hospital room grieving all alone. Why didnít you think to have someone stay with him? I berated myself. But it was too late to change things.
What I hadnít counted on was Sylvia, a Yankee nurse practitioner who had relocated to the hills of Appalachia in the 1970s and quickly claimed the mountain people as her own. Instead of attending Motherís service, Sylvia had gone to the sixth floor of St. Maryís Hospital. Along with a hospital chaplain sheíd met on the elevator, she headed to Dadís room in hopes of conducting a makeshift funeral service. Once there, Sylvia, always a nurse with a hearing heart, gave Dad the greatest gift of all by simply listening. Dad, nearly blind, his speech slurred from his stroke, recited words he had long ago committed to memory for such a time as this:
ďLet not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Fatherís house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be alsoĒ (John 14:1Ė3 KJV).
Thank You, Lord, for Your promise of life eternal.