Back in 1995 Pat performed his first wedding as a bishop. He married a family that hasn't been super active in the church, but whenever Pat saw them he went out of his way to greet them and give them each a hug.
Recently the husband passed away, very unexpectedly. He was 43, and had a heart attack in his sleep. Apparently he was suffering from 'indigestion' and figured he would be okay. He was, unfortunately, wrong.
We haven't seen this couple for a few years now. They moved out of our ward, but not very far away. Pat received an email from one of the bishops in our stake sharing that the wife wants Pat to speak a few words at the services this Saturday.
He feels honored to be able to do so; and saddened by the death of this brother.
I am grateful that not only my husband, but each of us, can make a positive difference in the lives of others; sometimes with very little effort. The key, I believe, is that we love and accept others for who they are. Sometimes that is a challenge, but it can be done, as long as we are receptive to having the spirit with us, and striving to have a Christ-like attitude.