I know ……… it’s a phrase from the marriage vows. “In sickness and in health.” But it certainly applies to the parent-child relationship as well. Maybe even more so. There is nothing worse for a parent than to watch their child suffer and not be able to do anything to alleviate the pain. To hold a child while he cries for hours on end is exhausting. But ever parent does it, day and night.
I have no right to complain. We have been both fortunate and blessed to have had reasonably good health in our family. It is only the occasional virus that punishes our children the most. But boy ……… the bug the grandchildren have suffered through this weekend has been a doozy. It will go down in my record book as one of the worst.
Matthew 4:23 (NIV)
Jesus Heals the Sick
23 Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people.
I know that God is a merciful healer and I have faith that this will pass and everyone will be well again. I also give thanks that I personally have experienced no symptoms whatsoever. My amazement never ceases at the simple ways that God grants me grace and strength. Being a nurse to sick children is not my gift; that crown will be worn by others, like my wife and my daughters.
It’s interesting to me that as far as Jesus was concerned, the preaching of the gospel always went hand in hand with healing the sick. Jesus used the very curse that was brought to mankind in Adam’s original sin as a means to extend the mercy of God and to teach the masses about salvation. Just like the physical body needs healing, so also the spiritual body must be healed. And there is only one true healer capable of doing both ………..
My mug is up. Here’s to a new day with no crying and no sickness. Lord Jesus come!