Wig’s Word of God Today 10-13-2010
In contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23
Galatians 5:18-25, Psalm 1:1-2, 3, 4 and 6 & Luke 11:42-46
This past week one of our friends from our parish was coming to the end of her life here on earth after a battle with cancer. My wife and I stopped by there on Saturday late afternoon and her two sons said she hadn’t spoke in two days. As this beautiful 74-year-old woman lay there in a makeshift hospital bed brought in by Hospice as the sounds of an air machine sang in a corner, I witnessed the act of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control by the woman I affectionately call my soul-mate in Christ; my wife Toni. She began immediately talking to our friend in Christ-like tones of soothing love while rubbing her arms and legs telling her how beautiful she was and praying with her.
Unknown to my wife, tears of joy began to swell in my eyes while prayers of thanksgiving were being repeated un my mind, “thank You Lord, oh thank You Lord.” My wife made me so proud. I turned to one of the sons and I encouraged him to talk and touch his mom as well by telling her how much he loved her and how great a job she did raising him. With that said her son came closer and picked up her hand and began to rub it repeating over and over again how mush he loved her. He lent down whispering in his mother’s ear, “it’s Ok to go mom, I’ll be Ok.” His mother went to the Lord a short time later. It’s not easy to say goodbye to anyone but allowing the fruits of the Spirit to guide you will give you the courage to face adversity and despair with joy in your heart.
And so we pray: Heavenly Father, I thank you for the fruits of the Spirit to guide us in living a life of faith, hope, charity and love. May we always be guided by the Law of Love given to us by the New Covenant of Your Son Christ Jesus. Guide us to be people of thanksgiving for all You have given us. In Jesus Name we pray. Amen.
Sweetest Fruits Known
The Spirit to guide
Nothing you can hide
Lead by the flesh
Will lead you to death
Fruits to be known
Spirit led and shown
Love, joy and peace
Patience forever sown
Kindness and generosity too
Faithful to gentle self-control
Seeking to rest in your soul
Truth to forever be told
Live in the Spirit
Taste the sweetest fruits known
© Thomas Joe Cruz-Wiggins October 13, 2010 @ 5:21 AM