Thursday May 7, 2009
Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. Hebrews 4:16.
Thursday already! I was sure it was only two days ago I last wrote to you! Forget the clichés about time flying; it just slips by unnoticed while we attend to the daily round. In fact, life itself can escape our grasp after “never getting around to it”—whatever “it” is—and leave nothing of value. And there’s nothing like passion for something to fill life with meaning and fervour. And there’s nothing like faith in Christ to arouse lifelong passion for the most startling act of sacrifice by our Creator himself.
You may have noticed a link to “Antinozzi Adventures” on our blogsite. Alexandra is our daughter who updates her family antics in funky and engaging prose, with pics and adornments that make her website a ‘darnsite’ prettier than mine! Today it relates the short time left for her husband Gino’s sister L. after a long fight with cancer. Please read it and pray for Gino’s family at this sad but precious short time.
It was because God took on a body like ours, walked the perilous road we all walk, and died an agonizing death, that he can relate to our suffering. That is why we can “approach the throne of grace with confidence” and be sure of finding his “grace to help us in our time of need.” We need never be alone in this life and certainly never need to die alone. Most of us have been where Gino’s family is now, and we will all someday follow L. into eternity. Their suffering is ours as well, but there is grace and comfort for grief in this life, and grace and assurance for the next. Why place ourselves anywhere else but in his hands?