Psalm 22; Exodus 9: 13-35; 2 Corinthians 4: 1-12; Mark 10: 32-45
Psalm 22 and 2 Corinthians 4: 1-12 are the passages in the Bible which apply to the way my life is at present. These passages also give me hope and comfort to have the strength to keep going. Psalm 22 starts by asking God why he is not helping, and I sometimes feel this way. It also says,”I pray, but you do not answer me.” I feel comforted later in Psalm 22 when it says God hears you and has helped others who have cried out to Him and were saved. I do find that God has helped me in a lot of instances in my life and that I have had prayers answered. I need to remember this and get strength from a God who cares about me. I need to put more trust in God’s love.
Last October something so unexpected (for us) happened, for which my husband and I are especially in need of God’s help and strength. My husband was diagnosed with multiple myeloma (blood plasma cancer). This cancer can be managed, but not cured. Three weeks ago the doctors found a blocked blood vessel to the heart and had to put a stent in that blood vessel. All of this was a real shock. It was something my husband and I had never expected to happen, but sometimes life isn’t what you expect. He is going through his second round of chemotherapy, and six months after that he’ll need a stem cell transplant.
In 2 Corinthians 4: 1-12, I find comfort when it tells me to stay in daily contact through prayer with God, who has healing powers and gives us strength and hope to go on. He never abandons us! Our physical and mental sufferings can show how Christ’s strength and loving presence can work through us. Though our physical bodies are perishable, we will have eternal life through Jesus’s suffering and victory over death. We shouldn’t lose heart because our souls are continuously being renewed day after day through God’s love.
My husband and I started attending St. Margaret’s in the spring of 1990. I am a teacher and was employed for a short time at St. Margaret’s School when it first opened. I was also in the choir about eight years ago and was a reader. I have now signed up to be a reader again, which I look forward to.