Up ahead we saw blue lights.  “Uh oh.”  Breanne said.  I thought, “it must be an accident.”  However, as it came closer, I realized what it was.  “Pull over!”  I said.  “It’s a funeral.”

I don’t know if you do this in your city or not, but we do.  If a funeral procession is approaching all cars pull over to the side of the road and stop.  And wait for it to pass.  We do this out of respect for the family.

Once we were moving again, Breanne said, “you can tell when you live in a small town, everyone pulls over for a funeral.”  I agreed.

As we continued to talk, I realized something.  I know from experience, one of the worst things about losing a loved one is watching the rest of the world move on while you feel your world has come to a screeching halt.

I remember sitting at the funeral home, planning Jesse’s funeral. I could see outside.  Cars were zooming past.  People were walking down the sidewalk.  Workers were working on the roads.  And I thought, “it seems so odd, it feels like our entire world has come crashing to a halt, yet everyone is going on with life.”

Today I realized, as we were stopped on the side of the road, that our respect was speaking to that family who had lost their loved one.  It was saying, “We see you.  We know your world has stopped for a moment, out of respect, we are going to stop with you for a few moments.”  It is simply a way of letting them know we care.

Romans 12:15 says; Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. 

Galatians 6:2 says; Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.

I know I have written a few times on acts of kindness lately.  And perhaps you are weary of that message.  However, I believe with all my heart that it is God having me see these things and share them with you.

1 Corinthians 13 says; Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing.

The Living Bible says it like this; If I had the gift of being able to speak in other languages without learning them and could speak in every language there is in all of heaven and earth, but didn’t love others, I would only be making noise.

If we say we are Christians but fail to love others as Christ loves the church, we are only making noise.

We can speak in tongues day and night, but if we have not love, we have nothing.  God is love.  He expects us to show love, every day and in every situation.

He wants us to stop and think.  To listen to the hurting.  To help them if we can.  He wants us to rejoice with those who are rejoicing.  He wants us to weep with those who are hurting.  To comfort them.  To lift their arms when they are too weary to hold them up.  In doing so, we glorify God.

My friends, people are hurting in the world.  They are all around us.  We need to help them if we can.  It can’t always be about us.  We must be about our Father’s business.  And His business is to love others and to bring them to Christ.  Sometimes all it takes is a smile.  A hug.  Pulling over to the side of the road and waiting for their loved one to pass.  It doesn’t always take something huge…small things that can make a big impact.

My prayer for us today, is that God will lead people across our path that we can encourage and lift.  May we love them as Christ does.  May we be His light that shines in their dark times.  Equip us to do just that Father, in Jesus name.  Amen.


Meditate on this:

And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.  Colossians 3:17