When we feel torn apart by grief and get to the end of our understanding God’s power is made stronger in our weakness as we accept a need for help in our vulnerability. In need we may be ready to say more of you and less of me because I am at the end of me.
We are each in the heart of Jesus.
Think for a moment of how many people we each hold dear and with love in our own hearts and it suddenly makes more real the potential He has to hold each and everyone of us closely in His heart He is Love.
It is a statistic that there are a growing number of people looking up on line how to pray. It is a time for the body of people who know the comfort and love of their Lord to share it more widely by word of mouth and actions.
To shine the Light reflected from Jesus into the darkness.
Walls are no barriers to Him. Let our prayer be that He walks right through the walls that we and the world, have put up and comes into our hearts.
We cannot ignore the fact that there have been casualties and deaths of disproportionate numbers reported throughout this coronavirus outbreak.
There are those who at this time are feeling crushed by the loss they see.
Maybe of someone who is personally very close to them as family or friend. There are also Medical and caring staff overwhelmed by what surrounds them daily.
We cannot deny that some are feeling anxious in their desolation.
Jesus shared with us the time where he felt most desolate. It was in the Garden of Gethsemane when He knew His arrest and death on a cross was imminent.
He chose to do what might be a model for us too at such a time :
He chose to pray. He was honest and vulnerable. It was here he asked His Father ‘If it is possible to take this Cup away from me but for your will to be done not mine.’
He chose to keep His three closest friends near Him so that He wasn’t alone.
He chose to focus on the goodness and trustability of God.
He chose to be vulnerable and show His need to those close.
Suffering is seeing what Jesus sees and doing what Jesus does. He shares in our suffering and we in His.
Just as Jesus held Peter in His heart and had concern for how Distraught he felt after denying Him three times. He made a point of saying to the two Marys run and tell the others (and Peter) that I have risen. And later, when He saw Peter face to face, gave him the opportunity to say He loved him three times to make the slate clean.
So He will hold each of us and our special needs in His heart.
He knows Us, our every thought, our every need and can deal with them.
The illustration shows Jesus with eyes of love and tears for each of us. With caring hands cupped to catch us as we fall. A large heart to hold each and everyone of us safe, secure, protected and close.
Two scriptures which come to mind :
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Phil 4 v 6 – 7
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. Phil 4 v 8 – 9