imagesCAFQ0ISEWhere did that Compassion come from?

Galatians 5:22

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

A few years ago, I got the dreaded call, “mom is dying and you need to get home” Home for me is in South Africa, so I hopped on the next plane I could find and made my way there. For the next month I nursed my mom before I had to return to Canada. It was the hardest thing in the world watching someone who used to be so very strong now in need of help for everything. I felt hopeless as the cancer was advanced and there was nothing that could be done.

From that moment on, I avoided sick people like the plague. The truth was that I was terrified of losing my mom and felt that there was nothing I could do to help her as she slowly wasted away. It was very traumatic and affectedly me greatly for years to come.

Then last year, I had the privilege of nursing my husband who was very sick with cancer, he too was helpless and I found myself facing my greatest fear, nursing someone only to have them die. The Lord however used this experience to remove my fears and heal my heart. I found myself with such compassion and mercy, kindness and gentleness, goodness, joy and peace as I loved him through this terrible sickness. I did not get angry or resentful; instead the Lord gave me a very sweet love and appreciation for him, something that I had never experienced before.

I thank the Lord for the fruit of his spirit that lives within me that came out to minister to my husband when he needed it the most.

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