Do you ever have one of those days when you feel utterly useless? Today is one of those days. In reading the Gospel, we see that Jesus sends his Apostles out on their first mission, taking nothing with them but the clothes on their backs and the sandals on their feet. They went out to bring the Gospel to the people and in doing this they were able to cure many people of their infliction’s…So they went off and preached repentance. The Twelve drove out many demons, and they anointed with oil many who were sick and cured them.
So why is it when I read this that I feel useless this morning? Three reasons. First, my daughter Ruth will graduate in May with her bachelor’s degree in Genetic Counseling. She has applied to many graduate programs (none of which are in Missouri because that program isn’t offered yet in this State) and she (and Sarah and I) are frustrated by the rejection letters that keep coming back. Ruth and I had lunch yesterday and talked about all of this, but it seems like the only thing I can do for her at this time is pray; God will provide the answer. Second, I heard the news yesterday that a close friend of my daughters miscarried. I will offer that couple up in my prayers this morning but having never experienced this before, I’m not sure what I can do other pray to help ease their loss. Third, I found out yesterday another close friend of the family is having to deal with cancer – again. Once again, I will pray unceasingly for the family and all that they will have to endure. I will pray that I too could be given that same power that the Apostles were given, to go amongst the people, preach repentance and cure the pains, diseases, frustrations, anxieties that afflict them. And so for now I am frustrated but hopefully through my prayer – for them and myself – I can bring all of us closer to God who will cure all, who will ease all of their sufferings, who will calm all of their anxieties.
Dear God, we seek Your guidance, we seek Your strength, we seek Your healing – please help us find You in all our frustrations. Dear God, we ask for Your healing and pray that we receive it quickly. Dear God, we are knocking on Your door and we pray that You open it to receive not only our prayers but receive us in Your great mercy.
Eternal God, in whom mercy is endless and the treasury of compassion — inexhaustible, look kindly upon us and increase Your mercy in us, that in difficult moments we might not despair nor become despondent, but with great confidence submit ourselves to Your holy will, which is Love and Mercy itself.
Do something great for our Lord today – ask Him for healing for these people and for anyone you know who could stand a gentle embrace for our God today.
God’s will, not mine, be done.
Be not afraid; just have faith.
Jesus, I trust in You.
He must increase; I must decrease.