"I obey God, so everyone in the world might know that I love God. It is time for us to go now."
~ John 14:31
I am reminded again and again how Jesus lived a life that was small, poor, and simple, instead of using the influence and power that he had. When he did perform miracles, he always seemed to express his love for us, his compassion, and understanding of suffering within humanity.
So often we hear him saying, "Please don't tell others what you saw here today," while attempting to prevent attention being focused on him.
I am reminded of the times when he shares, "I have said this, so that you may know what God commands me to do." (John 14:31)
As the life of Jesus unfolds, there is something that happens. Jesus begins to fully understand his role. Jesus has been called to live his life, knowing of the impending suffering and death that is to come.
It always amazes me when I meet a new hospice patient who shares, "It's a relief to know how much longer I have to live."
I realize that there is anxiety about living each day, not knowing what the next moment will bring, or when our final breath will arrive.
What becomes increasingly clear in each of our lives, is how God is willing to show God's love for the world, by having deeper encounters in our lives, when we realize our own frailty.
Stay in God's grip!
G. Todd Williams (c) 2020
Rev. G. Todd Williams lives in the Houston metro area and is a Hospice Chaplain at Essential Hospice, Webster, Texas, and is an ordained Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) pastor.