“4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:4-7 NIV
One summer I had an extraordinary gift and experience. Many years ago I had worked with a man that was an exceptional mentor to me in the workplace. I was very green in working within a large corporation and he showed me the ropes, especially in a politically charged and highly competitive setting. He was gracious and kind. He was a light in the darkness for me.
I lost touch with him for several decades and then we reconnected at a reunion. He was five years into an incredible fight with leukemia. In the few weeks I had left with him, he continued to teach me. He lived this passage in Philippians 4 each and every day: through pain and through a failing body — in grace and beauty. He left behind an incredible legacy of unselfish love and great wisdom with many family and friends. He lived and died being a light for me and for many, many others; including future generations.
I had the incredible opportunity to tape our sessions together. As I listened to them and edited them for his family, I experienced a wide range of emotions – from tears to belly laughs! He was so very special. He was a gift to me. I will forever be thankful that God placed him in my path. I am so thankful that I was able to give just a little something back to him in the midst of all the kindness that he had shown me.
Lord, thank you for showing me the power of gratitude and serving others.
~~In loving memory of Tom Bosbous~~