Trust and Humility

Romans 12:3
Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)
3 For I am telling every single one of you, through the grace that has been given to me, not to have exaggerated ideas about your own importance. Instead, develop a sober estimate of yourself based on the standard which God has given to each of you, namely, trust.

I don’t know about you but asking for help has not been one of my strengths. I am like the toddler who declares to all the world…”I can do it MYSELF!” Well sometimes you need to be humble and realize you can’t do it all yourself…Surgery can be a great teacher in asking for and receiving help.

This summer I had Cervical and Lumbar fusion back surgeries. Both went very well and I praise God for all the prayers offered in my name. I also praise God and my GGCC family for the wonderful outpouring of love in the form of flowers, notes, meals, gardening, household chores, visits and phone calls. I felt truly blessed by your gifts. Thank-you and bless you all!

Everyone knows how icky you feel after surgery and how refreshing and healing a shower feels! Well showering after back and neck surgery was a bit of a challenge and a huge project for the person giving me the shower. Randy did a wonderful job for the week he took off work. But then what…I didn’t want to put that burden on my son and my other family members were not available. Who could I trust with such an intimate task?

I thought about the story by Walter Wangerin, Jr. called “The Ragman”. It is a modern day parable of Christ’s ministry and resurrection. The story never fails to reduce me to tears when at the end the observer in the story strips herself naked and asks to be clothed by Jesus.

To be vulnerable, naked, in front of anyone requires a great deal of love and trust. One friend in particular came to mind, she had repeatedly asked what she could do to help me…so I called my dear friend and sister in Christ Lois A., and she came. I was safe in her care and her gentle touch was like Christ himself coming to cleanse me and make me a new person.

I overheard Steve K. declare “I love this church” while leaving one Sunday. (We had just had an emotional sermon and praises for Terry H’s miracle.) Me too Steve, Me too!

Julie Weldon

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