Journey to the Cross
Tuesday, March 8
Carol Ann Noyes, member of RPC since 1978
Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. - Matthew 7:7
I value Jesus as a "teacher". In that role, He exemplified everything God the Father wanted to present to the world. In sending His Son, God must have hoped that we would look to Jesus as the ultimate example of how to live righteously and faithfully. Jesus embodied all of the characteristics necessary to carry God's message to God's children. By example, He showed us the importance of forgiving others, how to reject material things, and to embrace contentment. He used parables and taught with love and compassion. His message of redemption gave us a reason to be hopeful and have faith. There has never been another teacher like Jesus.
I am a "worrier". My mother and grandfather were also worriers, so it must be in the genes! There have been times in my life when I have "forgotten" to look to the teacher. Instead of absorbing and utilizing His teachings, I have sometimes looked to myself to solve problems and situations over which I have no control. I think of my Dad's brain injury that led to eight months of agonizing worry and planning. I really thought I could "plan" his healing. Only when I gave up and asked Jesus to show me what was best for my Dad did I allow myself to be led to the idea of Hospice. The answer was right here at RPC, as my family put ourselves into the caring and capable hands of a fellow church member, Gayle Horton - who guided us through the process.
My Dad did pass away; only it was peaceful and right and he was surrounded by his family and caring hands. I wasted precious time I could have spent with my Dad -- worrying about how I was going to fix things. When I followed the words of the greatest teacher, things fell into place.
Dearest Father, You have given me all I need in Jesus. His teachings are timeless and relevant to my life. Thank you for His example. Amen