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“Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you.” ~ James 1:27

“Share with the Lord’s people who are in need.” ~ Romans 12:13a

(and just in case you’ve never heard the phrase in the title of today’s post…)
“Spare oom! Is that in Narnia?” ~ Mr. Tumnus, “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe”

Yesterday was another milestone of sorts for me.

For the past nine months, I have been blessed to share my time and home with many family and friends that have come to stay with me in the wake of my husband’s death.  My “spare oom” has been host to many people, who have done everything they can to hold me up during this season.  I am thankful to be surrounded and supported by amazing people who are willing to put down everything they’re doing and travel to spend time with a friend.  A grieving person isn’t terribly fun to be around, yet no one seemed to mind.

But my husband’s sister, who has been staying with me for several months, went home yesterday.  Today, my spare oom stands empty for the first time in a long time, and while it’s hard, I know it’s part of the process.

I am richly blessed by all the people who gave me something so incredibly precious – their time.  I know that each and every one of these individuals followed the directives set forth in Romans and James.  And I know that many more people gave me their time in a way that was not so visible, but in the form of abundant prayers for my comfort and healing.  So today, I just want you to know that I am honored you have chosen to be part of this journey with me.

Thank you.