Faith, Hope and Love

How to operate in it, that's the question...

 

Life is busy and it's been a while since I've felt inspired to spend much time here reading or writing. Thankfully, I was able to spend a little time today reading various hubs by a few of my favorite fellow hubbers. Thanks partly to Talford, Patience and Wsbill, a hint of inspriation reignites.

So between reading about Honesty and Love, Godly Rebellion,The Palin Family and Hate, Saltiness, AND discovering today that a fellow Realtor from my town recently died from kidney cancer, a stirring is occuring. I enjoyed these thought provoking hubs and then I get this news.

Now this Realtor is not someone I knew personally...I've been aware of some of his listings and he attended (to preview) a couple of open houses I've had. I'm saddened however for the loss of this person and what his family and friends must be going through. I heard the news from a loan officer and her assistant and various thoughts race through my mind...it's only been five months since he was diagnosed..... where was I? I live in this town. How is it there wasn't any coverage of, or community support for him, as there has been for Benny, my friend who owns a restaurant business in this town but doesn't even reside here?

Could it be this is the way Fred and his family wanted it?

I think back to a couple of men I knew from Hawaii, both Christian men. The man still residing in Hawaii received a kidney from the other (who now lives in Florida) and last I heard, both are doing fine. So I can't help but wonder, had a kidney been available to donate to Fred, would that have made a difference? Not many people out there are willing to do such a thing, but you never know. Love does still exist in this world and not everyone is self absorbed.

Then again, maybe Fred's diagnosis was terminal and he and his family were without hope. Such a heart sinking thought. Not to say I'm immune to struggling with feelings of discouragement, frustration and times when I feel like giving up (I'm generalizing here). Even though there are times I've come close, I pray I never lose hope, no matter what the situation.

I want to take this opportunity also, to encourage others to be careful with their words since the Bible tells us there is the power of life and death in our tongues, the words we speak. Even among believers, I hear things like, "please pray for so and so because the doctors say he most definitely has cancer." Doctors are not God - the Ultimate Authority, The Great Healer, Jehovah Rapha. (I know people in the medical field witness unexplainable miracles all the time). I would rather hear them say, "the Doctors are diagnosing so and so with cancer." I know the difference is subtle but I see the difference being in keeping hope alive rather than speaking death.

So going back to Fred, I'm questioning, could I have done something to make a difference? (Even now, how am I to show support to the family?) I could have at least prayed for the man had I known. Had he and his family been open to it, I would have visited and layed hands on him, along with another Christian or two. Sometimes even those who haven't a spiritual life understand in dire circumstances it's worth a shot, and those who are willing to do so are acting out of love and concern, which is usually appreciated. My husband and I (in addition to others) have anointed and layed hands on Benny, who is on a list for a heart transplant. We continue to ask and believe God will give him a new heart. Perhaps he will undergo a transplant but we know Benny really only needs a healing touch from the Master. Then there wouldn't be a need for someone elses life to expire so a matching donated heart can become available.

I've been in Safeway and laid hands on an elderly lady I know who was complaining to me of hip pain. I'm not sharing this because I think I'm all that since my husband is really the one who has a gift of healing...I know that for many - even those who believe with their hearts and confess with their mouths that Jesus is Savior and Lord - struggle with miracles, signs and wonders. Sometimes Jesus does operate through His followers to bring about miraculous healing, and other times not. Why at times does He and not others, is another mystery. I just hope that believers will not doubt or have diminishing faith, but be willing to step out, trusting God for the outcome and the lasting impression it makes on the lives of the recipients. Ultimately, the intention is to have a loving impact on anothers health whether it be spiritually, emotionally, relationally, mentally, and also physically.

One point I hope to have conveyed here, we all need to reach out, to show love. Even if a near instant miraculous healing does not occur with the laying on of hands and prayer, it's still a way to show compassion and caring. What hinders??? Is it a lack of knowledge? Is it fear? We were not given a spirit of fear, rather a spirit of LOVE, power and a sound mind. All things are possible with Christ who gives us strength, to include believing for the miraculous or reaching out and doing something outside our comfort zone.

I know members of the church - and even those who are not - are often willing and capable of doing good deeds...sending cards and flowers, bringing meals for the family, making a financial contribution. It's not hard to do for those we know, for those we love. What about for the stranger???

I'm curious as to what others would do in a similar situation - if there is anything anyone has to add or share - I look forward and appreciate any thought provoking comments. I also know, God, through others, may give me some new creative insight to ponder.

Blessings - Christine

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springfox 5 years ago

Your writing reflects someone who has matured in the spirit. It tells me that you have done some living in your faith. The kind of faith that the Bible speak about as active faith, and the place I aspire to be in my faith. Thanks for sharing.


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Psalmist4M 5 years ago from the Shelter of His Wings

Christinekv, your writings are expose your wisdom and transparent life. God is using you to reach many and challenges us Christians to be sensitive to each other and ensure our priorities are on track, focusing on serving others (those we know and strangers. Your refreshing honest voice speaks loud and clear! Blessings to you.


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christinekv 6 years ago from Washington Author

Thanks for the visit and comment MBP42! I totally agree although showing support to others can be a challenge since for some and at times, being silent can be awkward!


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MBP42 6 years ago from have received my official license as a Pastor, praise God

thanks for a great hub, sometimes the greatest gift we can give is presence. you don't have to say anything just be there fully, willing to listen.


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christinekv 6 years ago from Washington Author

Thanks Heart4theWord for sharing that....the first word that came out of my mouth was Wow and what you state regarding being one flesh is a good Word! God is good - PTL!


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heart4theword 6 years ago from hub

Thanks for reaching out, in relating this story:) I do know of a person, who donated their kidney, to their husband. It really is an interesting miracle, they tried to find a match in family, and others. Who would of thought that the spouse was able to donate the kidney. The other awesome fact is, they are different races.

So it comes to mind, where the two become one in spirit, do they also in body. Their environment, the things they eat, the things they drink...physically are much the same. God truly blessed them!


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christinekv 8 years ago from Washington Author

Thanks for the gracious comments Dr. P. Carlotta! I love being in one accord with others and wish it weren't so challenging at times when it comes to those who still have a ways to go in terms of experiencing more liberation, especially when some want to keep God in a box!

I'm honored by your visit to my hub and glad you were touched by it. Blessings!


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drpastorcarlotta 8 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

My heart overflows when reading this Hub!! I am so honored to see another Christian Hubber spreading the love of God! We are truly on one accord. Thank you for being real about our GOD!!! AMEN! AMEN! Stay intouch m friend!


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christinekv 8 years ago from Washington Author

HI Ty -

Thanks for visiting and sharing. I'm going to read your hub right now!


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Tyhill27 8 years ago from Red Deer, Alberta

Great hub and comment Eddie! I know in my own life that at this point more than ever I look forward heaven. As for those who pass, there is but one person who comes to mind. The brother of the guy who lead me to the Lord passed drowned one year after giving my life to God. Funny thing is that I almost died that same day when I was rock-climbing. God picked him for what-ever reason... lucky guy... His family mostly mother did not take it so well. It's a good thing she had the support of the church because they did everything they could! It's important to have a close church family! How sad it is tho for those who do not know God! Your a good story teller Christine. Oh and I also wanted to let you know that I published that hub.


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christinekv 8 years ago from Washington Author

Thanks Eddie for reading and sharing thoughts, suggestions and personal experiences (ouch on that last one, the loss of your son!)

I like your statement about believers discovering there is more to agree on than disagree on - very good word and I may use that in the future if you don't mind!


Eddie Perkins 8 years ago

Chrissy, very good article. I've learned over the years that Christians (good Christians) do not always agree on doctrine, but if they will take the time to know (really know) each other they will discover that they have way more that they agree on than what they disagree on.

That being said, I think we can agree that once a person departs we can't do anything for them, but we can do a lot for their family.

A beautiful hand picked card after my son died brought tears to my eyes and I still have it twenty-one years later. Food is always a blessing. But love and hugs without words can mean more than words can tell.

We can't make the pain go away, but we can share the pain. I apprecieate your Christian Spirit. ~ eddie


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christinekv 8 years ago from Washington Author

Thanks Al for visiting, for expressing appreciation and how you identify!

VP - Glad to hear everyone is safe....I had inquired on this hub before commenting again on yours. I'm thankful for those doing rescue and ministry and glad your boy is safe. My husband keeps saying how he thinks those who refuse to evacuate and then needed to be rescued later, should be billed. Maybe some legislation would be in order in regards to that!


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viralprospector 8 years ago from DFW Texas

Christine;

We rounded up all the friends and family, finally. There is some home damage, but everyone is fine. I was particularly worried about our son who was doing hurricane rescue efforts. God protected him just fine. Thank you very much for asking!


Albert Freed 8 years ago

The URL is just a webnar, Not to deceive (business info. only)!

Thanks you for your insight and love!

Father of three, knowing love of GOD, family & friends is what it is all about!


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christinekv 8 years ago from Washington Author

Thanks Gma, Viral, and Sam for visiting, commenting, sharing.  How are things in your area Viral - are you and yours ok? Thanks for the reminder regarding giving confidentially.

Thanks Sam for praying for people here in America. Blessings to you!


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soyelude 8 years ago from Lagos - Nigeria

Sometimes we wish we were sensitive enough to intercede....at other times we are simply at a loss over what to do, such as happened to you. Either which way, we can still go ahead and pray for the whole of humanity in a general sweep since we all may not have the prophetic annointing. This hub is truly touching Chrissy....and reminds me to pray about the Hurricanes ravaging coastal America and the people that live there. I feel your pain....it is well!


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viralprospector 8 years ago from DFW Texas

Christine;

Thank you for your heartfelt thoughts. They are very touching, as I have come to expect from you.

I own an assisted living center, so I have touched death more times than I care to. One of the things I try to do myself is to attend the funeral. That usually means a lot to the family, and they are the ones who are hurting. His pain has stopped for Fred, we pray. Sending a written card or something is a huge blessing, too. Taking over some home made food is the ultimate for me personally. I try to make it confidential, so it will not matter whether you were close. Those are just some things that come to my mind in a time like that...

I know your prayers will make a difference. It is refreshing to read of spiritual gifts here on Hubpages. This was a moving hub. Thank you.


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G-Ma Johnson 8 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

"Nowhere can man find a quieter or more untroubled retreat than in his own soul'  by...Marcus Aurelius..one of my favorite sayings

...and of course we can always add to this by caring for those who suffer anything new or damaging in their life"s..We are ALL the children of God and is our duty to comfort/help/pray for each one of His beloved children...Thank you for refreshing my mind to this fact...G-Ma :o) hugs


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christinekv 8 years ago from Washington Author

Thanks Tom for visiting and commenting...yes, I too have had that experience too many times, shoulda, coulda, woulda......but didn't. So glad God is merciful and delights in the times when we actually get it right rather than condemning us for the times we blow it! PTL you are seeking and experiencing Him and those doors are opening...that's so encouraging (and helps us to be IN COURAGE!)


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talford 8 years ago from U.S.A.

A very open and honest hub. I feel the same yearning. Often times I wonder if I should have said or could have said more.

I know in my personal walk, it seems that the more I am seeking the Lord and feeling his presence, the more doors just seem to open to tell people about him.


SirDent 8 years ago

Yes, I do agree that we all have a responsibility to stand in the gap and repair the breech. And I agree that it is an honorable committment.


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christinekv 8 years ago from Washington Author

Thanks Sir Dent for the visit and comment...

Yes, Jesus never turns anyone away, such a wonderful Savior, glorious friend, good and beautiful God! My heart overflows with love as I type.

And yes, we can stand in the gap - would you agree most have a responsiblity to do so? It is indeed an honorable commitment!


SirDent 8 years ago

As I read this I remembered how Jesus healed all who came to Him. He didn't turn anyone away. Sometimes that is all that is needed is to come to Jesus and He will heal. Those who do not know Jesus, sometimes must have another go in their place.

I recall Martha sent a friend to find Jesus when Lazarus was sick. She wouldn't send just anybody, but someone whom she had trust is to find Him. This is a very touching hub and love is still real and still exists today.

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