Care Where it Matters
When Joseph came to them in the morning, he saw that they were troubled. So he asked Pharaoh’s officers who were with him in custody in his master’s house, “Why are your faces downcast today?”
My suffering grandmother ‘Nannie’ lost her husband to a heart-attack when I was one, lost her son to a car fire years earlier, lost her eyesight to diabetes, and lost her joints to agonizing arthritis, but I wouldn’t know all that by talking with her. Whenever I’d walk through her front door, she’d set down her magnifying glass and large-print Bible, smile a big, Georgia smile, reach out for a bear hug, and ask me how I was doing in the most caring way—not the way we ask it in the church hallway on a Sunday morning. That’s the kind of person Joseph is. He’s in the same dungeon as these prisoners, and he’s suffered twice as much as they have, but still he smiles. Still, he reaches out his hands to offer help.
Friend, your world might be darker now than it’s ever been, but it isn’t darker than an Egyptian dungeon, and it definitely isn’t darker than Golgotha’s cross. So let Christ’s light brighten your countenance today as you light the path for others.