The greatest gift that we can offer of ourselves is the gift of our love.
The love that God had shown towards humanity is an example of how we should
show our love. The Lord without favoritism loves all equally and answers
the hearts cry of all those who call upon His name in truth. The Bible
declares in Romans 12:9-10 “Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that
which is evil; cleave to that which is good. Be kindly affectioned one
to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another.” Be
encouraged to love your neighbor as yourself and let your light shine
before all men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father
in heaven. (John 15:12-13) (Colossians 3:23-25) (Matthew 5:14-16)
I hope this message encourages your heart to never give up on loving others
because through love all other obstacles will be conquered.
A BROTHER'S LOVE
Like any good mother, when Karen found out that another baby was on the
way, she did what she could to help her 3-year-old son, Michael, prepare
for a new sibling. They find out that the new baby is going to be a girl,
and day after day, night after night, Michael sings to his sister in
The pregnancy progresses normally for Karen, an active member of the
Panther Creek United Methodist Church in Morristown, Tennessee. Then the
labor pains come. Every five minutes. Every minute. But complications
arise during delivery. Hours of labor. Would a C-section be required?
Finally, Michael's little sister is born. But she is in serious condition.
With siren howling in the night, the ambulance rushes the infant to the
neonatal intensive care unit at St. Mary's Hospital, Knoxville, Tennessee.
The days inch by. The little girl gets worse. The pediatric specialist
tells the parents, “There is very little hope. Be prepared for the worst.”
Karen and her husband contact a local cemetery about a burial plot. They
have fixed up a special room in their home for the new baby, now they plan
Michael, keeps begging his parents to let him see his sister, “I want to
sing to her,” he says. Week two in intensive care. It looks as if a
funeral will come before the week is over. Michael keeps nagging about
singing to his sister, but kids are never allowed in Intensive Care. But
Karen makes up her mind. She will take Michael whether they like it or
not. If he doesn't see his sister now, he may never see her alive.
She dresses him in an oversized scrub suit and marches him into ICU. He
looks like a walking laundry basket, but the head nurse recognizes him as
a child and bellows, “Get that kid out of here now! No children are allowed
in the ICU.”
The mother rises up strong in Karen, and the usually mild-mannered lady
glares steel-eyed into the head nurse's face, her lips a firm line. “He is
not leaving until he sings to his sister!” Karen tows Michael to his
sister's bedside. He gazes at the tiny infant losing the battle to live.
And he begins to sing. In the pure hearted voice of a 3-year-old, Michael
“You are my sunshine, my only sunshine, you make me happy when skies are
gray.” Instantly the baby girl responds. The pulse rate becomes calm and
steady. Keep on singing, Michael. “You never know, dear, how much I love
you, Please don't take my sunshine away---”
The ragged, strained breathing becomes as smooth as a kitten's purr. Keep
on singing, Michael. “The other night, dear, as I lay sleeping, I dreamed
I held you in my arms...” Michael's little sister relaxes as rest, healing
rest, seems to sweep over her. Tears conquer the face of the bossy head
nurse. Karen glows.
The girl is well enough to go home! Woman's Day magazine called it “The
miracle of a brother's song.” The medical staff just called it a miracle.
Karen called it a miracle of God's love. A few weeks later, Michael's
little sister was baptized at the Panther Creek Church.
For with God nothing shall be impossible - Luke 1:37
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
Romans 12:15-18 “Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that
weep. Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but
condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits.
Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of
all men. If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with
Psalm 23:1-4 “The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to
lie down in green pastures: He leadeth me beside the still waters. He
restoreth my soul: He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His
name's sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil: for Thou art with me; Thy rod and Thy staff they
Colossians 3:23-25 “And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord,
and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of
the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ. But he that doeth wrong
shall receive for the wrong which he hath done: and there is no respect of
Luke 6:35-36 Jesus declares “But love ye your enemies, and do good, and
lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye
shall be the children of the Highest: for He is kind unto the unthankful
and to the evil. Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful.”
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
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In Christ’s Service,
Gods Work Ministry