Memorial Benevolence May Be Helpful

Memorial benevolence is an act of kindness rendered in memory of someone. Think about how David wanted to do something kind because of his memory of Jonathan.

A key idea in this series of devotionals, "The Blessed Lame Man," which is based on II Samuel 9:6-8, 13 is that, "We should be mindful of humility, blessings, and lameness."

In this devotional, let's focus on how memorial kindness can help us with the grieving process. As difficult as grieving may be, after some days, we may want to consider the content of this devotional.

The formation of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Funds, naming buildings after people, and naming service awards after those who served well are examples of memorial kindness.

Nothing is gained outside of one’s own comfort, by continued tears and feelings of lowness. To love someone is to want to make them happy.

Our loved ones, especially if they were Christians, would rather that we spend our time helping someone rather than wasting time and energy weeping and being down in spirit over their death. We are all born to die. Let’s do something positive with this fact, instead of wasting our lives fighting it.

Self Examination
1. List some positive qualities of those who were close to you and died.

2. What kind act can you do as a memorial to them?

3. Can you see how memorial kindness is a better use of your energy than excessive grieving?

4. What are you going to do to grow in this area?

Prayer
Great and awesome God, the One who knows our beginnings and ends, it is to You that I pray. Thank You for how You have put good people in my life, in various seasons.

I confess that I am tempted to spend more time grieving over their death than with memorializing their legacy with benevolence. Please forgive me, and help me to trust You with those things that I have no control over and to do those things that I can. In Jesus' name, amen.

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