It is easy to make a vow but hard to keep it. Chronic diseases are on the rise, not just eczema or allergic conditions in kids, but chronic conditions like heart disease, cancer and diabetes. Caring for someone, young or elderly, who always have a health condition is not easy. Being with someone who can’t walk, needs constant care and help with daily activity can be draining. In marriage vow, it is made ‘in sickness and in health’; in the bible, it is stated ‘honor your father and mother’. These are easy to do in good days and difficult in trying times.
Jesus cares for the people who are sick and dying. In John 11, Jesus wept during the mourning of Lazarus’ death. Jesus did not weep because Lazarus was dead, as He later revived him. However, it is interpreted as Jesus wept because He was moved by compassion, by the mourning of Mary, Martha and others. Suffering and trials are present in our fallen world, and not expected to be easy, Christian or non-Christian. However, being a believer meant that our journey on earth is not alone.
Isaiah 43:2 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.
Dear God, I pray for strength for those of us who are caring for family members who have health conditions. I pray that your compassion and love will touch and sustain us.
The God who cares is Here.