My Friend’s Gentle Witness
My Friend’s Gentle Witness
 
“Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, 
for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.“
- 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
 
As I prayed for the Holy Spirit’s guidance in writing this Advent devotion, both this verse and my friend, Bobby, came to mind.  Also,  I realized that recent experiences with health issues and the lavish generosity of others would help me express an “attitude of gratitude”.
 
I miss my friend. He was a living example of an “attitude of gratitude” in many ways.  Those of you who knew Bobby will remember that he expected Christmas cards in October, reminders each Sunday of how many days until Christmas, that he would “play Santa” at the Friendship Center and would wear his Santa hat to our yearly Genesis Christmas party.  Bobby’s life was very different from ours.  He had difficulty expressing himself verbally but you never doubted that he loved Jesus, Front Street, and people.  Bobby expressed his gratitude in a number of ways: he always gave something to our Christmas Cheer fund for families, brought his offering to church as often as he was able to attend, and made sure, if he was absent, that his money was sent to church.  Bobby did not read, but he always kept his Bible close.  It was obvious that he knew Jesus in a personal way.  Visitors to the nursing home where he lived his last days were greeted with a smile, sometimes a little gift which he had won at the weekly Bingo games, and a request for prayer at the end of a visit.  My grandson often accompanied me on my visits.  Bobby would light up with a big smile and pull a personal item out to give Graham.  Gratitude was how Bobby lived his life and Jesus was truly the reason.
 
What a lesson Bobby Hinson taught me. How blessed I am because of his friendship!  My heart overflows with deep thanksgiving to God for placing precious people in my life that bless, teach, and remind me that in ALL circumstances give thanks.  Living out an “attitude of gratitude” shares God’s joy with others.
 
Prayer:
Dear Lord, may our daily lives reflect the unconditional love, mercy and joy that was given to us when our Savior, Jesus Christ, was born.  Amen.
- Betty Huneycutt
 

 

Last Published: November 27, 2013 3:29 PM
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