A call comes unexpectedly. There has been an accident, a possibility that one who is young and full of life may not be able to walk as a result. In a moment of time life that we so often take for granted hangs in the balance. We pray for mercy and peace as the unknown is faced. We dare to pray for a miracle as a community of faith United as one in love. With hope we wait upon the grace of God.
This time the news is good. Praise God! Sometimes changes or ends in an unexpected instance. “For everything there is a season and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die…a time to weep, and a time to laugh…” Ecclesiastes 3: 1, 2a, 4a.
How do we face the truth that no matter how hard we may try we are not in control? How do we face our fears when they confront us in the reality of our mortality and the brokenness of a fallen world?
We must turn to the One who is in control, the One who has promised never to abandon us, the one who walks with us “through the valley of the shadow of death” into the light of God’s perfect love in Jesus Christ our Lord. Christ has promised the gift of peace- he said, “my peace I give to you. I do not give as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid” John 14: 27. We can face the uncertainty of life as we trust in the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the empowerment of the Holy Spirit, one God now and forever.