When on a visit, have you ever discovered that you were very special to someone or has someone been very special to you?

A couple of years ago on a visit, my cousin and I reconnected after years apart. Yet on the 2nd September, I sat in a church with tears running down my face. I wished I wasn’t there. I wanted more time with my special friend but here we were saying goodbye.

casket sprayThere would never be another visit. No more time to sit and talk and get to know each other better. In the weeks since her death, each time I passed the Coffee Shop where we used to meet, I had felt a sadness because there would be no more chances to encourage each other.

What I never understood was why this very clever, accomplished woman considered me to be a very special friend. That is until her husband told me that despite all that she was, she had been very lonely. I had taken the trouble to actually visit with her, and this had somehow brought things together for her.

Paul exhorts us in Hebrews 10:25 “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.”

I think that one of the reasons for this is that he understood loneliness. He realized that if people are isolated, they are in great danger of losing hope.

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Why should we stay connected human to human?

Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. Matthew 22:37-40

I am reminded that God considered each and every one of us to be so special that He sent His Only Son to visit us in our fallen world. Not only that, but He sent His Holy Spirit to continue to help us. He helps every day, no matter where we are or what difficulties we face.

Who in your circle of family and friends might benefit from a visit? Will you go? 

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Born in Mount Isa, Queensland, in northern Australia, the eldest of five children of Salvation Army Officers, Helen Brown lived an almost nomadic life until she was fifteen years of age. However, she discovered books as a preteen and read a lot, well into the night and occasionally all night. Two stories that captured her imagination were: “Anne of Green Gables” and “Little Women”. Just like the heroines in these stories, she wanted to write. A learning disability, which was not corrected until she was in her thirties, meant that schooling was a real struggle. It also meant that her dream seemed to be a distant mirage. The struggle of raising five children and being a wife to a shearer/farmer in a small town, taught her a lot about life and the grace of God. During this time, she also completed her teaching degree and worked many casual jobs, in order to ensure that the farm was viable. Today, she continues to write, with several books to her name now, while still living at the farm on the Northern Tablelands of New South Wales, Australia.

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