Good morning gorgeous,
I pray with all my heart that this week ahead of you will be filled with blessings. And I pray for all my friends who are suffering with emotional, physical, or spiritual pain. Life really does, for a season, present each of us with suffering. The man in our Bible story had been ill for 38 years. And Jesus asked him, “Do you want to heal?” You might be thinking, “Well, Jesus, what an odd question. Of course, he wants to be healed.”
I must admit to you that this week, with my Jim being gone five months, I finally made the decision that I wanted to live. That insight came in an instant—I knew I wanted to get well. I have made a lot of good decisions on my journey of healing by seeking professional help, but a moment came when I knew that even though I will still go through the process of grief, I wanted to move forward with my life. As I was studying, I came across a scripture that read, “Even in old age you will bear fruit” and I realized that God still has work for me to do in the here and now. My life still has a purpose.
Let’s be honest, friends, do you want to heal? Will you forgive your parents for not being perfect? Will you let go of the unforgiveness you hold in your heart? Will you allow yourself to heal from the pain of your divorce twenty years ago. How long will you hold that grudge? Choose to ask God for healing in your hurting places and allow the process to begin. Jesus told the man by the pool to pick up his mat. He is asking you to take that first step as well. You and I will walk upright again when we surrender our pain to Jesus and allow his healing work to begin in our heart. Let’s decide to really live, to find joy again.
I love you, my friend Linda