Almost a year ago, my youngest son was born. Birth is an amazing miracle that God has graced us with. My wife and I held our baby boy tight and welcomed him into our family. Life was changed in that moment as our family headed toward a new normal.
However 7 days into this new normal we found an expanding skin infection on him that appeared to be moving fast. Our doctor told us we needed to go to the hospital immediately. So there we were standing in the hospital checking in our 7 day year old baby. It seemed unreal. Tears fell down our faces and we choked up getting the words out to the receptionist as we checked him in. I was fearful knowing the significance of what could happen and what it could mean for our family. I was also extremely aware of the preciousness of life. In an instant, life can change for both good and bad. I felt empty as if everything inside of me had been stripped away leaving a hollow shell.
An older couple visiting family came up and stood in line behind us. The man's shirt caught my eye. It said, "Need Jesus?". The question was so pertinent. In this moment I was broken and knew the only thing that could get me through was the love of Jesus. My mind answered, "Yes Jesus, my family needs you. My son needs you right now. I need you." I prayed quietly as we walked down the long hallway and up the elevator to my son's hospital room.
Over the next few hours and days we watched as the hospital staff assessed the infection trying to understand the nature of the virus. Thankfully, after a spinal tap they were able to rule out bacterial meningitis. Finally tests came back stating it was a staph infection that was treatable. My wife and son stayed in the hospital for the next week getting it treated. It was a long week of coming and going and I often thought about that moment when I had to answer the question, "Need Jesus?".
"And my God will meet all your needs
according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus."
- Philippians 4:19
All of us need Jesus! Whether that be during our toughest times or during the everyday minutia we find ourselves in. Sometimes we just have to be reminded. Jesus understands our pain and suffering and wants to bear that with you. He wants us to know we are not alone. Jesus' love heals and overcomes all things. I have answered the question, now its your turn. Do you need Jesus?
I thought this song "Jesus I Need You" by Hillsong Worship fit for this story. Take some time to listen to the ministry they provide and what it means for you.
Keep on keeping on during this 2020! Jesus is with you!
This week answer the question "Need Jesus?"
Craig Hidy like the majority of ministers in Community of Christ is a bi-vocational, self sustaining ordained minister. He is a member of the Midlands Mission Center Emporia Team and an ordained Seventy. He and his family, live in Topeka, Kansas.
The mission of the Seventy
“After this the Lord appointed seventy others and sent them on ahead of him in pairs to every town and place where he himself intended to go. He said to them, "The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest. Go on your way. See, I am sending you out like lambs into the midst of wolves.” Luke 10:1-3 NRSV
What is a Seventy?
The Seventy carry out missionary work for the church in close association with other missionary leaders. They represent Christ primarily as ministers of evangelism through witnessing, inviting, and church planting.
They especially proclaim and promote Jesus Christ’s invitation to faithful discipleship through vibrant witness, and train individuals and congregations in witness and invitation.
They particularly minister with seekers, individually and in groups, to share the gospel in relevant ways and to invite response.
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