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