Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,

            It seems like no matter who you may talk with they have either been sick or talking about someone who is sick.  It seems so crazy that way things are going.  This past week Harper missed three days of school because of being sick.  But she is only one of many.

            There are those that are battling cancer.  One on our prayer list passed away this past week and then we added another.  We had one go to the hospital with chest pains and they have set up a heart cath to determine the blockage.  Another is waiting to find what will be their next step with their heart issues.

            Others are having problems with their bones or joints.  Arthritis is something that is hindering them from getting around like they want.  The pain causes them to pull back from some activities.  Others are finding that they are having troubling moving like they want.

            I know of one that is looking at having a knee replaced while another is having trouble with a shoulder.  Of course that means there will be the pain of surgery and the time to recover.  The struggle can go into other areas of the body such as the hips or the back.  Surgery can take of these issues, but many will try therapy before surgery hoping to avoid further pain and hurt.

            There are some that are having issues with their eyes.  This requires them to make trips to Amarillo to see the doctor.  Some of the issues are cataracts which can be removed with the proper procedure.  Then there is macular degeneration that begins to take the vision away over time.  I know of several that are dealing with these issues.

            Now I could go on and maybe even share something that you may be dealing with but just let me say that with the health issues we face we need to be careful.  Because of the way our bodies deteriorate we can encounter struggles that make life pretty tough.  One woman said that she wasn’t going to grow old gracefully, she was going to fight it every step of the way.

            As with every struggle that is faced in life they will come to an end at the point of death.  Death is a struggle that every person will face until the Lord returns.  As Christians we know that in death we will inherit that which is prepared for us.  The wonderful thing about death for a Christian is that as it ends this life of struggle, pain and hurt; it opens the way to life that is free for all these things.

            The Revelation 21:4 says, “and He shall wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there shall no longer be any death; there shall no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.”

            Think about it.  No more heart surgeries, nor more cancer, no more knee replacements, no more back problems, no more struggling to read the fine print or asking someone what it was they said.  All of that will pass away as our mortal body puts on that immortality.

            Sounds pretty exciting to me!  But we must remember that this life eternal is reserved for those who have trusted Christ.  The greatest need of a person with cancer isn’t being healed of the cancer.  It is being healed of the spiritual disease that separates them from Christ.  As Christians we must remember that we know the Great Physician and we can take people to Him and He won’t make us wait.

            As you pray for the physical infirmities that people face, don’t forget that the greatest need any person has is JESUS.  He is the one will bring the ultimate healing for all eternity.  James 5:16 says – “Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.”

            That is not just something that is said, it is the truth.

JESUS, JESUS, JESUS, there IS something about that name!!

Christ only, always,

Bro. Paul