In the last week I've had several people close to me with dying family members, some of them quite young. A patient was admitted to inpatient mental health care yesterday. Another patient's important (and expensive) medication refill hasn't come through yet. Grief--over poverty, death, brokenness--is not unfamiliar to us at Samaritan Health Center.
At our volunteer orientations we talk about gospel motivation: Christ saved us, so we serve--not because we are more worthy but because he has redeemed us. But how do we serve without despair?
And here is the beauty of the gospel: not just death, but also resurrection. Not just redemption, but also real life. "Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee.' (Matthew 28:7)" This is Christ's work, not ours. Not only is His perspective longer, and more full of life, than mine, but it's His work and Spirit that enable my work. In Him we have hope.
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