Last weekend Jess, Kay & I drove to Port Lincoln and spent Mother’s Day with our Mums. What a special time. My parents have been married for 65 years and have had a charmed life in many ways. They have enjoyed a close relationship and because they lived on a farm they have shared most meals with each other in all of their married life. We even had Sunday lunch in the same kitchen on the farm where my parents lived for many decades. On Monday my mother was admitted to the local Aged Care Facility for respite care with the possibility of her continuing on due to her dementia. So, it is hard to imagine that Dad (or Mum) is enjoying this time of change. However, there are good things happening as Dad has a carer call in morning and night each day and he is able to visit Mum each day, except that he was surprised when he was told the next day he could only stay in the facility for 15 minutes. Life is very different for most people during this time of the virus! Quite annoying for Dad but also humorous for us to imagine Dad visiting Mum as it took him most of the 15 minutes to slowly shuffle to the room and then he had to prepare to leave again!
The present struggle for my parents is nothing compared to the problems most people are facing today, but isn’t it amazing to think that God cares for all of us no matter how small the problem may seem. Jesus is with us in our suffering. There are many people out of work and are struggling mentally and financially at the moment. For some it is simply not fair and for many it will be difficult to come back from this point. There are people who are ministering for Jesus in countries that are struggling with inadequate medical care and some are in countries who have no sympathy for followers of Jesus. So the verses from 1 Peter are a good reminder of the blessing for all who suffer for the name of Jesus.
“But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled, but in your hearts honour Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defence to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect, having a good conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behaviour in Christ may be put to shame. For it is better to suffer for doing good, if that should be God’s will, than for doing evil.”
1 Peter 3:14-17.