Hope & Faith…
Remember when you heard the words –
and your mind went blank – you were in another world
Remember in your darkest hours –
when all that surrounds you is pain and sorrow
Remember friends’ prayers – your family’s encouragement
– glimmers of hope from everyday angels
Quiet…you can hear Him now –
always there – yet never this close
It’s just another day –
yet everything has changed – and you hear yourself say
Birds are singing – the sky is a beautiful blue – flowers are blooming…
Truths that you knew as a child –
awakened again with new understanding
Remember when others can’t –
that life is a gift – each day to treasure
God Has Healed! Again and again…
Giving HOPE for the Needy!
So, I step off the elevator as nurses pushing beds and doctors reading clipboards whiz by. Then I find my room around the corner, quietly greet the nurse as she exits, and find myself in a hospital bed staring out the window into the grey skies. Where’s my God? I’m mumbling to myself.. “I’m glad you’re here,” I tell the Doctor, “but where’s God?”
What counsel will you offer in response? You only have several precious moments to give an answer, so you look for the chair in the corner and push it near the bed. I turn to look at him with tears in my eyes.
“Why me?” I ask. “It shouldn’t end this way. Will God heal me?” I plead. The seconds are passing by as I wait for the response. What hope will you offer?
Psalm 103 provides several truths that remind the sick and the dying that God has not forgotten them. There is hope for the sick and dying. God will be good to you (verses 1-5). God will remember you (verses 6-14). God will never change (verses 15-19). God will be praised through you (verses 20-22).
You can’t hear enough about health-care benefits these days, from government legislation to health care provider changes, it’s all over our 24 hour-a-day news cycle. Having God’s benefits in view is what controls the Psalmist’s heart. The sick can have moments of doubt, wondering where God is in the midst of their suffering. Their thoughts turn toward Him. Yet they wonder if His thoughts are turned toward them.
These are beautiful realities that God exhibits toward all, even the sick who know all too well that they really are frail as dust. He knows what they’re going through and has not forgotten about them. He always has loving thoughts toward them. The contrast between knowing we’re finite, weak creatures and that we have an infinite, powerful God is never more apparent than when we’re sick or on the brink of death. Life is changing fast for the person in the hospital bed. Nurses and doctors change every shift. Day changes into night and night into day without concern for the sick person’s daily schedule and routine. One day life was well and ordered; the next day life was dark with sickness and chaos. Life is changing fast and death could soon approach and change everything.
Let’s exhibit a re-orientation to the divine perspective—that is, to believe once again that God is working all things according to His will, a will that is motivated by grace and love for us.
How are we using our words and thoughts to encourage someone who’s sick or dying today?
May God help us all
“There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise brings healing”