Today's Scripture

Discussion in 'Spirituality/Worship' started by sweetiepie, Jan 24, 2003.

  1. sweetiepie

    sweetiepie New Member

    And You Shall Call Him Father

    "'I will be a Father to you, and
    you will be My sons and daughters,'
    says the LORD Almighty."
    (2 Corinthians 6:18 NIV)

    Living with chronic illness and pain
    can be so mechanical at times. Doctor's
    appointments, medications, support and
    help from our care-givers, family members
    and friends.... sometimes it seems like
    a never ending cycle as we seek for solace,
    comfort and understanding. "I am not
    asking for much," you may say, "just for
    someone to listen to and to be compassionate
    to me." Unfortunately we live in a society
    where the hustle and bustle of daily life
    of others comes first and to acknowledge the
    fact that one's own mortality may involve
    chronic illness and pain is too much for some
    to endure. That's when the phrase, "But oh, you
    look so good, "comes into play!

    When this happens, I want to scream, "Thank you,
    but if you only knew! So much of my life has
    been taken away from me, yet you say no one would
    ever know!" Not that I want the world to know I
    am suffering, but a simple acknowledgment from
    a kind friend can and does make all the difference.

    What do you do when others treat you as such? Do
    you run away and hide? Do you bury your anger inside
    as you say thank you? How do you cope with your
    desire for understanding? For me, I cry a bit and
    bring my feelings to God. The LORD God has said,
    "'I will be a Father to you and you will be My sons
    and daughters.'"(2 Corinthians 6:18 NIV)

    God is kind and compassionate. His love is
    unconditional and His wisdom knows no bounds. When
    you are scared or no not what to do, run to Him, dear
    child and keep these words in your heart. "'....I have
    chosen you and not rejected you. So do not fear for
    I am with you; do not be dismayed for I am your God.
    I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you
    with My righteous right hand." (Isaiah 41:10 NIV)

    God is your Father. Run to Him. He is waiting for you
    with open arms.

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

    Kay Decarlo, devotional coordinator for Rest Ministries
    lives with her husband and two sweet fur-children, (dogs)
    Daphne and Alice in Connecticut. As a survivor of Hodgkin's
    Disease, Congestive Heart Failure and other life traumas,
    Kay now struggles with Dilated Cardiomyopathy, Bipolar
    Disorder, Depression and Panic Disorder. It has been Kay's
    strong faith in God that has helped her endure the many
    struggles she has faced. She prays to inspire others as
    she shares her "Hope of all hopes."

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    Compliments of Rest Ministries, serving people
    Who live with chronic illness or pain.
    Rest Ministries, Inc.