Tara had a great day today. She started eating and drinking a bit more, got her blood pressure up, and got up and walked around. Praise God for a good day on the heels of a discouraging one. You have sustained us again today God. Thank you.
I have found it fascinating to occasionally walk the hospital halls people-watching. I notice other patients and consider their situations. My thoughts turn to them and the thousands of other people in cancer treatment here. Each has a story similar to ours; an individual who is facing uncertainty, a painful surgery/treatment schedule, family who are deeply concerned yet trying to cope with the inconvenience of the illness and the burden of the business end of it.
And that is just the tip of the iceberg. There are thousands more hospitalized with other illnesses. And yet more with chronic illnesses not in treatment. And that is just sickness here in Rochester. What about the millions who are sick all over the world? And what about the countless who are impoverished, the widows, the orphans and those who are outcasts both here and worldwide.
James 2:14-26 speaks of the uselessness faith if it doesn’t result in works, or good deeds. Good deeds alone can’t earn you any favor with God because the bible tells us that we have favor with God by grace (undeserved favor) through faith in Jesus Christ. But our faith needs to produce some action expressed to the hurting people around us.
Your faith has expressed itself to us in your caring and encouraging hearts. How can we show our faith to others by meeting needs around us? Wouldn’t it be great if Rochester was not only known for the best medical care in the world, but also for the best physical and spiritual care; Christians who express the love of God for all hurting people? We would love to hear your ideas on how to do this.