It has been an emotional week this week. It has been a challenging week to say the least. My wife has had a few set backs this week and we are still working through the emotions that come with that. I don’t want to share to specifically what these setbacks are until she is more open to sharing them, but it’s never too early to ask for prayers. In the same manner, it has been an emotional time for our Country as well. It doesn’t matter to me what side of the political spectrum you fall into, if you aren’t challenged by today’s political climate you are much stronger man than I right now. So where does one go to in time like this; where does one find comfort, rest, courage, inspiration? I can offer that answer in three simple letters. Three simple letters that offer more mystery, more complexity, more strength, more comfort, more hope than all the good in this world can offer. Man? Close – I am asking for your prayers. But there is only one three letter word that will save us from the challenges my wife faces, the challenges we all face – and that three letter word is GOD. It is in God that my wife will find all of the things necessary to keep moving on with life. It is in God that I will find the courage to help her keep moving on. It was in God that our Country was founded. It is in God that we will all find the courage to keep on living. I believe that might be the message of Today’s Readings too…
Let us be on our guard
while the promise of entering into his rest remains,
that none of you seem to have failed.
For in fact we have received the Good News just as our ancestors did.
But the word that they heard did not profit them,
for they were not united in faith with those who listened.
For we who believed enter into that rest…
For we who believe now will enter into that rest…
R. Do not forget the works of the Lord!
That they too may rise and declare to their sons
that they should put their hope in God,
And not forget the deeds of God
but keep his commands.
That we should put our hope in God…and keep His commands.
But that you may know
that the Son of Man has authority to forgive sins on earth”
–he said to the paralytic,
“I say to you, rise, pick up your mat, and go home.”
He rose, picked up his mat at once,
and went away in the sight of everyone.
They were all astounded
and glorified God, saying, “We have never seen anything like this.”
Jesus had the power to forgive, to heal, to cure and when all saw this, they glorified God. Jesus still has that power and when my wife is healed from what is ailing her, we too shall glorify God in His kindness towards her. When our Country turns back to God – and not man – we will then find the unity we all want and desire. Until that time, I/we pray for the strength to remain faithful to God and trusting in His holy will for Sarah and for Country.
Do something great for our Lord today – turn to Him in your time of need. God made you in His image, in His likeness and loves you more than you will ever know. He will not abandon you in your time of need. Seek His love today; seek His comfort and His strength. Read and meditate on the mantra’s that I have listed below…I have adopted them and live by them on a daily basis. They are a great source of comfort for me in trying times such as this.
I firmly resolve, with the help of Thy grace, to sin no more and to avoid the near occasion of sin.
God’s will, not mine, be done.
Jesus, I trust in You.
Be not afraid; just have faith.
He must increase; I must decrease.
Lord, if You wish, You can make me clean.
But you man of God chose righteousness, devotion, faith, love, patience and gentleness. Compete well for the faith.