“No,” she says. “Send someone else.”

The young wife feels unloved by her new father-in-law.

She is of a different Christian denomination. Of a different family background.

She tries to please.

But she’s rejected.

She’s not good enough.

She is shunned. Her children are shunned. Her heart is broken.

The pain presses in to the depths of her soul.

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It’s years before the healing comes.

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The healing comes through faith – a faith only the size of a mustard seed – so small she didn’t know it was there.

Faith comes from hearing . . . and the message is heard through the word of Christ . . .


She reads. She listens. To the word of Christ. It speaks.

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The Word  “penetrates . . . and judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.”


The healing comes through that Word of God – penetrating and judging her thoughts and her attitudes.

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The Word says, “You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self . . . to be made new in the attitude of your mind and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.”


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 The Word says, “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make very effort to keep the unity of the spirit through the bond of peace.”


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 The Word says, “Be imitators of God; be filled with the Spirit.”


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The Word brings healing and the healing brings love – love between a daughter-in-law and a father.

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The Word says, “Now you are light in the Lord. Live as a child of light . . . goodness, righteousness, and truth.”


No longer does it matter who was right or who was wrong – what had been said or what had been done.

Her soul is free from the pain. In pain’s place is love with its goodness, righteousness, and its truth.

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More years go by. Years of love.

The Word says, “Make the most of every opportunity.”


And at the end, she is chosen for the opportunity.

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It is a cold February day. The father is old. His health is worsening; he is giving up.

Don't let fears . . .God speaks to her. Go, He says. Talk to him about Jesus.

“No,” she says. “Send someone else.”

But again, God says, Go. Talk to him about Jesus.



And so she goes and speaks to the father. And on that cold February day, the Son shines through the window of the father’s hospital room, as he confesses his faith in the Lord Jesus.

Where two or more are gathered . . .



And the next day, the family gathers around the father and says, Goodbye,

while Jesus says, Welcome.

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Scripture from NIV:

Romans 10:17

Hebrews 4:12

Ephesians 4:23, 24

Ephesians 4:2, 3

Ephesians 5:1, 8, 9, 16, 18

One Reply to ““No,” she says. “Send someone else.””

  1. <strong>Beautifully written from a heartfelt daughter in love. I feel that I just had an evening devotion Kathi, thank you for sharing it with me, I dearly love you

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