“So do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be dismayed, for I am your God.” 1
The man on the gurney, immobilized by straps across all limbs;
A woman in a wheelchair, pain grimacing through her face;
The toddler coughing and wheezing in his mother’s weary arms;
A man at the door, eyes widened with fear and uncertainty.
The Hospital ER Waiting Room
A man sitting in the back pew, held back by unseen bonds;
The woman in the middle pew, struggling with inner pain;
A toddler, tired and whining, cradled by a weary mother;
The man in a front pew, uncertainty and fear behind his eyes.
Sunday Worship from the Pew
The struggling, the hurting, the innocent, the fearful;
Coming to this place for a remedy, a respite, a release;
Seeking a physician to heal hurts within, pains without;
Finding him in the Man of Sorrows, who died, yet lives.
Golgotha, at the Cross
“Come to Me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” 2
His promise, our need, our action to “Come.”
We are the hurting, the desperate in ER;
We are the struggling, the bound in the pews;
We are the ones who need His healing touch.
Arriving at the Place of Healing
The struggle ended, fear dispelled, bonds broken;
Hearts open to receive healing from within;
Mercy and Grace beyond our comprehension;
Love enduring, joy unending, hope fulfilled.
Reaching the Place of Restoration
‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” 3
1 Isaiah 41:102
2 Matthew 11:28
3 Revelations 21:4
(Sharon G. Tate blog 03/22/17) teacherforjesus.com Meditations on God’s Word