On December 7, 1941 the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. Our world changed forever. On December 7, 1999 my world changed forever.
My young son had been ill for quite some time. He was finally diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. We spent three days in the hospital following the diagnosis. While the medical staff worked to restore my son’s health, my husband and I got a crash course in learning to care for a toddler with this chronic condition. There were a lot of tears, and a lot of wondering why this happened to our family, to an innocent little child. At first I thought I would never be able to properly care for my son. Finally, you accept what you need to do, and learn to keep your family healthy.
In the years since that diagnosis, we have had our struggles; children don’t want to be different from their friends. But we have had a lot of support from the medical community, our family, and our church. When the going got rough, they were there to lend an ear. They pointed us to other diabetic families. The support we have received has been so helpful.
Then one day, it was time to give back. Just a few weeks ago, I was at a support group get-together and met a new member. This mom’s daughter had been diagnosed just 6 weeks before. Her story was our story. I’m so glad our support group was able to share with her some ideas and resources to get her though these first few months following a devastating diagnosis.
Our world will be broken, full of disease, war, poverty, and disaster, until our Savior returns. While we wait, it’s up to us to be Christ for those who are hurting, for those who are asking “Why?”
None of us have the answer to the question “Why?” But the way we respond to those who are hurting is the call Jesus has given to us.
Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.
God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.
Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”
My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.
The generous will themselves be blessed, for they share their food with the poor.
35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.
Blessings on your day.
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