Someone I dearly love has been diagnosed with cancer. Surgery is imminent. As I listened to her characteristically cheerful voice there was a tinge of apprehension about the upcoming discomfort of the treatment. Yet, she was optimistic about the future. My heart went out to her. This has been someone who has lovingly cared for me when I was ill. How I wish I could close my eyes and make the reality of this rotten cancer go away. While I am thankful for the medical strides that have taken place and I know she will be well cared for, I wish she didn’t have to endure what is ahead.
I am comforted that my Lord knows suffering. Hurt and pain and disease were not hypothetical circumstances to Him. While on earth He suffered excruciating pain, so when He offers compassion it comes from a deep, real place. He offers us something beyond sympathy.
“I am leaving you with a gift – peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.” John 14:27 (NLT)
As we reach out to those who suffer physically, mentally and emotionally and seek to be His hands and feet, may we carry with us the peace of God and offer it to a hurting world in Jesus’ name.