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Topic: FEET (01/17/19)
TITLE: Walking in Grace
By Chris Goglin
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When our normal functions are broken in some way, we feel frustrated and depressed. We no longer have the security or option to do what we want and must depend on someone else. This is very hard for some people because they don't want to burden others or feel helpless.
Many people in the Bible also felt depressed, broken-hearted, or troubled. There's Jonah and his battle with the people of Nineveh and that extraordinary whale; Job and his devastation as he lost everything, including his physical health. Moses was ready to quit in the betrayal of his own people, and even Jesus was deeply anguished in the suffering that lay before him in the garden of Gethsemane.
We are not alone in our longing to be whole, healthy, and happy. As months of cancer treatments can alter our bodies' appearance and resilience; depression and feelings of anger can take over. Chemotherapy can pierce our bodies until we are almost ready to give up. Our feet and hands can become so numb, that simple things like walking or buttoning a shirt can become unpleasant and overwhelming. Radiation side effects add to the medley of unfortunate circumstances. There are many other crippling scenarios that may crush a person's spirit and others need to reach out in love and compassion.
Sometimes, we need to "air" our frustrations to relieve some pressure, but only for a while; we don't have to stay there. There is HOPE! We need to find purpose in our existence; we've been jolted out of complacency and into action for a reason. Is it to help others going through what we already have, or to come to terms with our weaknesses and try to develop goals for our future? We are all survivors of some kind and must surrender to our faith and believe God will see us through. Paul Tillich, one of the most influential Protestant theologians and philosophers of the 20th-century quotes, "Faith means being grasped by a power that is greater than we are, a power that shakes us and turns us and transforms us and heals us" (1). Those who suffer can grow a deeper faith within that touches other wounded warriors in amazing ways.
As we remember and discover all those hurting through disability, illness, or grief, may we reach out to them in love. May we help them to walk in God's grace and encourage them to see a rainbow through the shower of tears.
A true story about cancer survival amidst loving prayer warriors.
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