“The Lord grant mercy to the household of Onesiphorus, for he often refreshed me, and was not ashamed of my chain; but when he arrived in Rome, he sought me out very zealously and found me. The Lord grant to him that he may find mercy from the Lord in that Day – – and you know very well how many ways he ministered to me at Ephesus” (II Timothy 1:16-18)
I’ve often heard it said that it’s too late to send flowers once a person has died. Obviously, there is much truth to that, since the deceased cannot appreciate the color, the smell or the blossoms of those flowers. But he can do so while he’s still alive.
I don’t know about you, but I am so blest with several friends much like Onesiphorus (mentioned above). They have zealously sought me out, refreshed me often, were unashamed of me and have ministered to me in oh, so many ways; and I’m no apostle Paul! It would literally take me a book to list all the good things and blessings friends have bestowed upon me over the years, and I know I am undeserving of such kindnesses! I too ask that the Lord will shower them with mercy and blessings from above!
I’m sure you’ve been to funerals when mention was made about having regrets not to have known or met the deceased prior to his death. Many of these regrets are sincere because the deceased was special in some or many respects. But now, he’s gone.
Yes, it’s going to take some sacrifice or effort and time and even expense to express your love and care for someone who may be in need. Paul was imprisoned for his faith in the Word of God. He had done nothing deserving of his chains, and yet his needs were met by a relatively unknown Onesiphorus!
I remember singing the following chorus in my younger years:
Lord, lay some soul upon my heart, and love that soul through me And may I bravely do my part to win that soul for Thee.Mark Weaver