“Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, to visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction,
{and} to keep himself unspotted from the world.” James 1:27

     Part of my job at the Montana Vet’s Home involves visitation. I was walking with a guy last week and he told me he was healed three times. The first as a young soldier in Vietnam, the second as a rafting guide, fishing and hunting, and the third was with a cancer diagnosis. He said, “they gave me three months to live and here I am talking with you, that was fifteen years ago.”

     Our theme of rejoicing always can be so evident in a person’s last days. One can become lost, lonely, or bitter. I’ve seen it firsthand. I treasure each opportunity to visit. Especially when they bring up the Lord.

     I’m so grateful for dear saints who have chosen to live for “the joy set before them” just like Jesus did in Hebrews 12:2 (NASB) “fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. What a perfect reminder in this verse! What a glorious day awaits them!

     Let’s fix our eyes on Jesus together. Let’s count it all joy. Let’s encourage each other all the more as we see the day approaching. Let’s rejoice in the Lord always. And in those times of visiting, Hebrews 13:2 says we might even encounter some angels unaware.

     We are back home to Medicine Lake for 2024!!! Join us on June 12th for WMF day. I look forward to visiting with you soon. Please be sure to register soon! It’s going to be a great day.

Lavonne West, National WMF President

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