Reflection: Do Not Let Your Hearts Be Troubled
Today's reflection compliments of Leigh Manalang.
"Do not let your hearts be troubled... I am the way, and the truth, and the life."
This passage taken from John 14:1-6 is often used at funerals and a source of consolation for grieving family and friends. My own father's death anniversary will mark 10 years in May. Time has helped heal the pain, but if I mentally put myself back into the space of that experience, the wound is still there. My heart goes out to others when I hear of them enduring excruciating pain -- my neighbor losing her brother unexpectedly, a client recently diagnosed with lung cancer, a good friend struggling with effects from rheumatoid arthritis. While I cannot personally take their pain away, these words of Jesus are a true gift. He gave us one of the most consoling statements, offering deep security in life as we face the unknown. We can talk to Jesus about our troubles and anxieties, as He stays with us and does not abandon us. Over the past 10 years, He guided me as I faced an unknown journey without my dad's physical presence. I eventually came to see that my dad could still be with me in a different form. Let us trust in Jesus and allow Him to remove troubles from our hearts.
on Friday, April 30 at 12:00AM