Monday, December 22, 2014

Advent 2014

Monday, December 22

 

Being sick when I was a child was always a terrifying thing.  I didn't understand why my body was making me feel horrible and preventing me from doing all the fun things I wanted to do.  I especially hated it most when I was sick and at school, because I didn't want to bother the teacher, the school nurse, or secretary with my problems.  I really just wanted my mom to take care of me.


There was one particular time in second grade that I remember I was feeling sick.  I tried to fight it as long as I could, but nothing worked so I told the teacher and she let me go to the school office.  When I got there, the secretary let me call my mom.  When Mom answered the phone, I remember that I immediately started to cry because I had the overwhelming sensation that everything would be better from that point on.  Even though I felt terrible at that moment, she would take care of me.


When Mom arrived at the school the first thing she did was hug me - even though I was sick!  This is one of the memories I still remember in vivid detail because in that moment I knew I was being held by someone who loved me unconditionally.


As an adult there are still moments when I feel sick or scared and sometimes it feels like I can't go it alone.  Unfortunately, as an adult, I can't just call one of my parents to take care of it for me anymore; my mom is no longer living and my dad is several states away in Ohio.  It's in these moments that I turn to God and find comfort in the arms of someone who loves me unconditionally. 

 

"God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble." 

- Psalm 46:1

 

- John Pollock

 

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