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14 December 2016

Wednesday 14 December

[Matthew 9: 18-26]

Fit to Live

The passage today reminds me of a time when I was praying at the bedside of a young friend who was on life support in Intensive Care. She was suffering from septicaemia and her whole body was shutting down because of the poison attacking from within. Her life was hanging by a slender thread. The doctors had done all they knew how, and had told her family and friends that all that was left was for the hospital technology to sustain her life while all waited to see if the forces for health remaining in the body would win out. I prayed that the One who had created every cell in her body would take authority over them, fill them with strength and reject the poison in her blood and bring her back to life. Suddenly she opened her eyes and her face “rebuked” the nurse who was telling me to go away as it was 10:30 pm and I had no identity card to confirm that I was who I said I was.

No matter how far gone we are – even if we think we are “beyond” hope, God is still on our side. The Kingdom of God is a Kingdom of wholeness and healing. The anger and distress we feel when we see children suffering and dying in wars and disasters, is nothing compared to our Father’s anger at the suffering caused to his children by the Enemy and the unjust. As Christ brought in his Kingdom he took on the strongholds of sin, evil, death and disease and conquered them all. Halleluiah!


For further reflection, please read Tom Wright – Advent for Everyone, A Journey Through Matthew, pages 73-78