Sunday Reflection (Aug., 19, 2012): God’s Glory in Service and in Sickness

 

We had a glorious time in worship today! Our praise team led us in worship. God was glorified! All the songs leading up to the preaching were God-centered. The song right before the sermon was so on point. It was entitled, “Holy is the Lord” by Rev. Bruce Parham. We sensed the presence of our God as we lifted up His holy name in heartfelt singing. Have you ever had one of those moments in corporate worship when you didn’t want it to end, when you just wanted to bask in the presence of God? Yep, it was one of those types of corporate worship services.

Our Senior Pastor, Dr. Karry D. Wesley, was back in the pulpit today. He preached about “The Real Midnight Miracle” from Acts 16:23-26.

We also baptized, I believe, five or six individuals today.

Yesterday, I took the opportunity to visit one of our family members who is suffering from cancer. As I sat near the foot of the bed and talked with her, my heart was both burdened and joyful. I was burdened because of what the cancer (and the many rounds of chemotheraphy) has done to her body. She is no longer able to walk and is therefore confined for the most part to her bed. She is not able to see out of one eye. Her muscles are atrophying. And yet my heart was joyful because as we conversed, her smile and joy remained. And most importantly her faith in God was steady. It, quite honestly, was a sight to behold. She was giving glory to God even in her sickness! God’s sufficient and sustaining grace and calming peace and comfort were radiating through her words and smile.

As I left the house, I couldn’t help but to think of my father who passed in 2009 from cancer. I prayed and believed that God would heal him, but also knew, at that time, that God could very well call him home (which He did). As it was with him, so it is with her.

As Pastor Charles Jenkins says in his song Awesome, “My God is awesome. He can move mountains. Keep me in the valley. Hide me from the rain.” I pray that God will move this mountain of sickness and continue to keep my relative as she goes through this valley. But if He doesn’t move the mountain and if He doesn’t bring her out of this valley in this life, God’s Word through the apostle Paul in 2 Corinthians 5:1 comforts us and helps us not to lose heart during times like these,

For we know that if the tent that is our earthly home is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.

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Posted on August 19, 2012, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Pastoral Professor

    Christian Ed, what a powerful reflection. As you know, I too had my father consumed by that horrible disease. As I was reading, I thought back to 1979 when dad was diagnosed and was preparing for his surgery. God performed a miracle will it was just daddy and I sitting in his hospital room. My father was a man God have given biblical insight and wisdow that exceeded even more than I can comprehend. But his physical sight had dimmed over the years. That day, daddy got out of his bed and went to the window. He looked out the window and told me to come to the window as well. He asked me if I could see something way down the street. I told him I could not see it, but he said, “Look, I can see it clear as day!” There was no doubt in my mind that daddy was able to see whatever it was that he saw. I looked around and his glasses were on the bedside table. We never again discussed that miracle of sight that God gave daddy that day. But God has never let me forget that day. It didn’t mean much to me in my earlier days, but now it speaks to my heart and spirit every time I share that story. So now I ask the question, was that miracle for daddy or was it for me. Daddy passed away in August of 1980. Today, August 19, 2012 has been 32 years since we celebrated the life of my father. I contend the miracle was not for the father, the miracle was for the son. What was the miracle? I believe that God said that day through the father, that sometimes God will allow you to see way beyond your present situation because somebody with you needs to witness the power of God. I witnessed the Power of God that day. But now, I’ve witnessed it from my father’s side of the perspective now. Because a few years ago and even today, I’ve had to see (spiritually) way beyond my current situation because there were many more in the room that were witnesses as well. God Bless you my brother for enflaming my heart to respond this hour.

  2. Bless you, bro. Thanks for commenting. Now get your blog going so that we can benefit from your life, gifts, education, and experience! 🙂

  3. Thomesa Broadnax

    This was a wonderful article Pastor Johnson. I very much enjoyed reading it and there is so much truth in it! Thank you!

  4. Thanks, Mesa, for reading and commenting.

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