In a heart touching scene pictured in Acts 9:39 a group of widows stand before Peter “weeping, and shewing the coats and garments which Docas made, while she was with them.” Isn’t it strange that many times people have to die before they are appreciated?
Commenting on this verse, J. R. Miller (1895) said it well when he wrote:”They go through the world living quietly, devoted to the interests of those who are dear to them, seeking no recognition. They are merely commonplace people, and so are allowed to love and serve without appreciation. But one day they are missed from their accustomed place–their work on earth is done–and they are gone! Then the empty place reveals the value of the blessing they have been. In their absence, people learn for the first time the value of the services they had been accustomed to receive from them”.
Dear friend, now is the time to show others that you appreciate what they do. After they are dead and gone you might show others what they contributed to your life, but it will be too late to show them your gratitude for what they’ve done. They can’t smell the roses after they are dead. Now is the time to act!