God-joy … the voice of my little sister. Although we live thousands of miles apart her sweet voice on the other end of the telephone gives my heart reassurance and encouragement and love. I was almost six years old when she was born. I took care of her, or so I thought as a six year old! I was the BIG sister to this new little one.
As we age, that six year difference is really gone… we are friends as well as sisters. We love each other and care about one another. She is a jewel in my life. During the many years of giving care to our mother, she was there, if not physically, emotionally for me. She guided and supported me through some murky or rocky paths… still does. We cried together and we laughed together. We loved our Mama, each other, and we shared the struggles along with the joys along the way.
But Moses’ hands were heavy. Then they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it; and Aaron and Hur supported his hands, one on one side and one on the other. Thus his hands were steady until the sun set. Exodus 17:12
She has been, and still is, my Aaron and Hur. She upholds my arms and my heart when the weariness overcomes me.
We have very different lifestyles and walk different paths, but we still walk together intertwined in God’s love. This is for you, sweet A ~
For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.
Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen. Ephesians 3:14-21
A, my sister, you are such a special person in my life. I am so grateful to God for giving me the joy I hear in your voice, the exuberance as you live life, the unconditional love I feel from you, the compassion you have for so many others. When we are together physically, we share hugs and love … eye to eye and heart to heart. The joy of the LORD is with us. When we are apart, I know you are there with and for me, as I am you. I just love you.
For who is our hope or joy or crown of exultation? Is it not even you, in the presence of our Lord Jesus at His coming? For you are our glory and joy. 1 Thessalonians 2:19-20