Last week, we laid to rest one of my dearest friends. After a long history of health issues, she was spiritually, physically, and emotionally tired. She is at rest.
With my friend's passing and the interaction with her mother during the services, the Holy Spirit confirmed for me that I was truly "her keeper". You see, I was able to provide comfort through my words and share the special nickname that my friend had for her mother; that was special just to the 2 of them. Her mother had no idea, anyone else knew about this special "little" thing that they shared. The immediate smile and laughter gave both of us comfort in this time of mourning.
In the middle of this transition of my friend, I was preparing to speak to a group of women on the topic of being my sister's keeper. A topic which has become near and dear to my heart. It got me thinking, how do you define a Sister’s Keeper?
"I would say that is is someone who is willing to unconditionally accept and carry prayerful responsibilities of their fellow sister."
We all see the many memes and quotes related to sisterly love, but do we really put those things into practice? Are we willing to stand in the gap when we are needed the most. I for one recognize that I am doing ok, but I have a long way to go.
Too often we allow past hurts to dictate just how much we will allow another to be a part of our lives. We struggle to dismantle the wall that has been erected to protetc us.
As you go about your day, consider this...
-Have you buried your sister in a pile of hatred, and jealousy?
-Have you dug up past issues, and alienated your sister in church and family?
-If God were to ask us, "where is your sister?" What would your reply be?
-How have you handled your rage against your helpless sister in their time of need?
We may not be a complete keeper of anyone on this earth, but we are forbidden from committing any acts of violence, mistreatment, or slander. The Lord heard the cry of Abel’s blood asking for justice. The cries of those who we have knowingly wounded have reached the Lord’s ears. I need you to remember that Justice belongs to the Lord.
Let us vow today to plant seeds of joy, friendship, love, and forgiveness towards our fellow sisters.