And by faith in his name, his name itself has made this man strong. Acts 3:1-10
While I was serving as a chaplain at a hospital, I met a woman battling cancer. It was her second time around and she was determined to beat it. Still rather new in my position she was the first person I met faced with this condition who had not accepted the fact that she may die. In my training we were instructed not to encourage things that we ourselves really could not guarantee. For her, God was all about miracles. Since I couldn’t guarantee life or death (in the physical) I offered her prayer. Together we gave thanks for the gift of the Holy Spirit. During this visit I was assured that life in the Spirit is definitely not a defense mechanism to protect us from what appears to be uncertain. It is instead a vehicle for strength and courage that readies us for what is certain. The Lord is risen indeed!
‘Why are you frightened, and why do doubts arise in your hearts? Luke 24:36b-48
…who turns the rock into a pool of water, the flint into a spring of water. Psalm 114:8