“I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge-that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.” — Ephesians 3:16-21
For several years, I was director
of kid’s ministries. Regardless of what question you asked, one of the kids would answer enthusiastically “Jesus!” in all confidence. Years later, I helped get a recovery ministry off the ground at Woodbury Lutheran. And, while each person looking for help has a different life story, different struggles, different “demons,” for each the answer is Jesus.
It’s good to walk with others who understand this journey, and with friends who show me empathy and compassion, and to trust doctors who “know their stuff,” and people on my online support groups who are on a parallel path. But it is also important to keep it all in perspective.
In my darkest moments, there is only one who knows exactly what I am going through, and that is our Creator and Savior. God has known since the moment the world was formed that I would be in this place, at this time. He was there when I was born, He was there ahead of us when Bruce was diagnosed with leukemia (I remember the isolation I felt at that moment; He seemed so far away!). He was there when my dentist called to tell me the “infection” was indeed cancer, a “bad kind.” He has been there through 9 surgeries, 7 recurrences, and now nearly two incredible gifted years with no evidence of disease. He has never left my side in this journey. And it is His love alone that is sufficient for my needs.
No matter the question, no matter our pain, no matter our need, the wise answer is so simple that even a Sunday School child knows it! The answer is found in the power of God’s divine love that brings healing to every hurt.
What a friend we have in Jesus!