The Father's Heart for Others

The love a small group showed for a woman going through cancer is opening her to God's love for her.

In the middle of a frenzied school year, a small group of women gathered week after week to grow in Christ. Marci told the group that her sister-in-law, Meg, was struggling with cancer. None of the other women knew Meg.

Marci's heart was broken over Meg. Meg had never pursued any type of relationship with God, and Marci feared her eternal destiny was hopeless. Also, the cancer was immobilizing her life.

As Marci talked about Meg, the group began to see Meg with the heart of God. Many of the women visited Meg in the hospital, read to her, and prayed for her. One woman made a poster filled with love and inspirational thoughts to encourage her. Another told Meg Christ loved her and died for her. Weeks passed, and Meg was released from the hospital. She decided to attend Marci's group because of the love she had received from women she didn't even know. Each week Meg learned more about who Jesus was and why he died on the cross for her.

Meg's cancer has resurfaced. Although she hasn't committed her life to Christ, she continues to learn about his love for her. "For the first time in my life," she says, "I want to see more of who Christ is and why he came, because when these women cared for me in the hospital, I saw that something in their life was different from mine. I saw a commitment to me beyond anything I had seen before."

Amazing things happen when we let ourselves feel the Father's heart for others, especially when we respond as a group.

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