A Debt of Gratitude
Owe nothing to anyone except to love one another. ROMANS 13:8
It’s been both fun and extremely touching in writing these devotions to go back through the mailbag and re-read some of the letters I’ve received over the years. I love hearing from those who have been inspired through our ministry to invest in their families.
Here’s an excerpt from one of my favorites:
After listening to your broadcast, I was motivated and excited to write a tribute to my parents. We were planning a big eightieth birthday celebration for my dad in June, and I thought this would be the perfect
gift for him. When the big day came, I had the tribute ready. I wanted to read it aloud, but there were a lot of friends and relatives there, and I knew I would get very emotional. I was about to chicken out, but my daughter said, “Mom, you can’t just give it to him. You have to read it to him. It’ll mean so much more.” So through laughter and tears and with great emotion I made it through. When I finished, my dad said, “That is the best gift anyone has ever given me.” Little did I know, however, that I would never see him again this side of heaven. He died of an aneurysm the very next day. Writing that tribute has helped me deal with my dad’s death. When a loved one dies, we often have regrets of what we didn’t say or do. Guilt can seep in and overwhelm us. But it has brought me great comfort knowing that I was able to express my love and gratitude to him in a way I’ll never forget. I cannot thank you enough for what you’ve done in making my
last moments with my dad a real treasure.
Her letter reminds us that we should speak our words of love and gratitude to family
members when they are alive. No regrets.
What is something you’ve always regretted not doing or not saying to honor someone? How could you go about rectifying it?
Ask God for the gift of gratitude . . . and for clear opportunities to express it to others.
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