By Lisa Muir. . .
A couple of weeks ago I met a lady about my age at Hope. She told me she had been having health issues and we prayed together. I told her I would be praying for her. She came back in this weekend when we worked and as soon as I saw her her face lit up and we sat and talked for a good while. She said she had been feeling better and was so thankful. I told her I had been praying and asked her if I could pray with her again and she said yes. When I said her name she was in shock. She stopped and said to me, " You remembered my name!" , in astonishment. I told her , "of course I did, I told you I would pray for you and I have been!" She just kept saying over and over again, " You remembered my name." We prayed and shared with each other. And I got thinking about her a lot. The point of telling this isn't to say that I did anything. But to share that some people feel forgotten and lonely. They sometimes don't feel they matter. More than likely from what I had gathered she has experienced a lot of hurt and pain in life. But to realize she didn't think I'd remember her or her name just made me pause for a few minutes. It is important to pray. It's important to let people know we aren't just saying we care. Maybe to her , me remembering her name meant to her that I actually did care. Idk. We never know what's going to be the thing that helps one of our guests see Jesus. I know we have the best volunteers there are. And I know from watching them every time I work how much they love the ones who come in. I know they are showing the love of Jesus each and every minute our guests are at Hope. So my point is to encourage us all that the little things do matter.... A smile, a hug, a meal a Bible or a coat given when it is cold outside , stopping to pray with someone as I have witnessed countless others do, remembering someone's name.....Who would have thought that remembering a name would have meant so much? And for sure , God knows our names, every single one of us . He wants His people to know He loves them and they are important to Him.