“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.” (Matthew 5:8 NIV)
During this season of Advent, I find myself praying more, expressing my faith, which has deepened and having a more positive attitude that God will work everything out for His glory. I have a sweatshirt that states,” LORD help me to remember that nothing is going to happen to me today that You and I cannot handle together.”
I also have a sense of inner peace that no matter what, with finances tight and more medical tests done to rule out the possibility of cancer again, God will see things through.
Living with chronic illness and the fear of the unknown is common to each of us, as we go from test to test. Advent is a time to prepare our hearts and spirits for the Birth of our Savior Jesus. When I think of Advent, I wonder what Mary pondered in her heart as she sat on the donkey on the ride to Bethlehem. I wonder what she felt giving birth in a stable, far from her family and friends and how would God prepare she and Joseph to be the earthly parents of Jesus, the Mighty Son of God, King of all kings. What a daunting task!
If God could see Mary and Joseph through, how much more will He see us through. God will always find a way, for when He shuts a door, He opens a window. Look for that window in the recesses of your heart and soul. Don’t for once allow the stigma of chronic illness and pain, or depression enter your soul. You have meaning, God created you for a reason and because of you, Love came down. Open your heart to Jesus.
This Christmas, may Love come down just for you. “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him.” (John 3:16,17 NIV)
Prepare a room in your heart and soul for Jesus. You will never be the same, I promise you.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Kay DeCarlo, 47, Devotional Coordinator for Rest Ministries, lives with her husbabd, Joe of 20 years and her two sweet dog-type fur-children in Connecticut. As survivor of Hodgkin’s Disease and Congestive Heart Falure, she has never lost sight that God is bigger than any trial or circumstance she faces. Kay suffers from Bipolar Disorder type 1, Insulin Dependent Diabetes and Dilated Cardiomyopathy, a form of Congestive Heart Failure.