Dedicated: wholly committed to something, as to an ideal, political cause, or personal goal.
set apart or reserved for a specific use or purpose.
Over the last few weeks I have come to understand the meaning of dedicated in a whole different way. I have seen a young woman who stood strongly by her husband when he was diagnosed with cancer the week before Christmas and loved and helped him when hospice was called in a few weeks ago. I have seen her give him strong medicines when the pain got so bad that he could hardly stand it. I have seen this woman continue being a great mom to her 1 and 2 1/2 year old little boys and reassuring them that daddy loved them and that soon daddy would be going away. I have seen this woman be strong in front of her husband when the news wasn't good just so that he would continue to fight the cancer that was slowly day by day taking his life. This same woman has a mother who also is a woman among women. What mother in law would put her life on hold to help her daughter and son in law by moving in with them to help with his care and help take care of the grand children. I have seen this mother humble herself to take her son in law to the bathroom and help clean him when he needed it. This same mom made sure that her son in law knew that his boys loved him and she made sure that the grand kids kissed and hugged daddy everyday. Even when it came to the end she was there to tell him that everything would be OK that his wife and kids would be taken care of and that it was OK to go on to be with Jesus. Over the last few weeks I have kind of put my family on the back burner in order to be there for this family to minister to them and help in anyway that I could in order to alleviate some of the day to day burdens. In the end I was blessed beyond measure at the dedication of these two special women that God in His infinite wisdom has placed in my life, in my little flock that He has given to me. I have seen lived out in front of me DEDICATION....what a precious definition my two ladies have given this word. On Saturday these two women along with other family and friends will say good bye to their loved one. I ask that you please pray for them that God would continue to show himself in big and small ways and that His presence would be felt in the days, weeks and months to come.