Jesus Cures All – Daily Message
January 21, 2020
When a tragedy — a serious accident, an unexpected death — befalls someone, friends and
family quickly spring into action. Emergency room lobbies are crowded with visitors; hospital rooms are filled with flowers; mailboxes are stuffed with sympathy cards; doorsteps are laden with meals.
It’s hard for loved ones not to think of the victim and their family during this time. Adrenaline activated by the threat spurs alertness. Dopamine generated by the novelty of the event creates, though it sounds grotesque to say, excitement. Such chemicals lend onlookers instinctual focus.
But over the next few weeks, this reflexive attention will wane. As people’s worlds continue to spin exactly as they always have — school, work, the endless go-rounds of ordinary routine — it becomes hard to keep in mind that the life of the bereft remains driven from its axis. The flowers wilt. Rooms, mailboxes, doorsteps – now empty.
Ironically, though the care paid the sufferer diminishes over time, their need for such attention actually grows.
Once the rush of practicalities attendant to dealing with a loss abate, once the anesthetizing effects of depression lift, it is then that they must face the full pain and consequences of their changed circumstances.
Though their need for companionship, for compassion, has never been more acute, it is then that it has never been more scarce.
It’s great to mobilize and encircle the wounded at the moment a tragedy strikes. But it is even better to continue to check in with them in the months, and years, to come.
Love isn’t a visceral fight or flight response.
The kind of love that makes us uniquely human goes quite a distance beyond that.
Love doesn’t require external prompts to act.
Love recognizes that how one’s own life is going isn’t indicative of how someone else’s is.
Credits to Kate McKay
Upon locating this factual, yet beautiful piece, online – I just had to share it. Mainly because when I read the words they tore open my heart and filled my mind – remembering times when I have been on both sides of this story.
In this story, the definition of love is quite beautiful – much the same as in 1 Corinthians 13:4-8
4 Love suffers long and is kind;
love does not envy;
love does not parade itself, is not puffed up;
5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil;
6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth;
7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
8 Love never fails…
Yet in this story, our abilities to be compassionate are reduced to our bodies producing chemicals. My first thought was – but it is God who created us with those chemicals.
Then it dawned on me, those chemicals help us provide the instinctual response – but it is our decision (Our Choice) to withdraw our love and compassion or to continue showing it.
If love is to endure and never fail – then we must be loving others continually.
One More Thought
The Holy Trinity IS Proof that Love Endures and NEVER FAILS!
Father God, sent His Son to dwell amongst us and bear the punishment for our sins.
Then, after Jesus defeated death, He left us the Holy Spirit to dwell within us.
That is love that endures all things and never fails!
Thank You Father God for sending Jesus – Your LOVING gift of salvation and eternal life. Thank you Jesus for your LOVING compassion and for sending the Holy Spirit to be with us ALWAYS. In the mighty name of The Holy Trinity, I pray, Amen.
© Credits: Alan Dupuis and Kate McKay – with All the Glory to God