From a Creighton Student's Perspective
November 23, 2011
1st Year Accelerated Nursing Program Student
However, with a more thorough reading of the passage, it becomes clear that Jesus is in fact imparting a blessing (not a curse) upon his followers. He’s letting them know that no matter how bad it gets, no matter how much it hurts, he will always, always, always be there. He’ll be there when those closest to us let us down, when the world turns its back on us, even when our very life and existence are threatened. Throughout all of this pain, all of these struggles, Jesus will be there with us, holding us close and giving us the words of wisdom and the grace needed to turn each of these moments of hurt into moments of beauty and testimony that reflect back on the miraculous nature of his love.
Each one of us has experienced unspeakable moments’ of pain, betrayal and sadness in this life. Moments when it seems that all is lost, that nothing can possibly hurt more or be worse than what we are currently experiencing. All too often in my own life I forget what should be at the forefront of my mind in times like these….that Jesus has promised not to leave me, not to forget me, not to turn away from me. He hasn’t left me out there to wade through the muck and mire of each painful moment by myself. On the contrary, he’s made a promise to be there, a promise to provide me with the wisdom to speak his words in every situation, and a promise that “not a hair on [my] head will be destroyed”.
Jesus’ promise in Luke 21 is one I want to treasure more. While this promise doesn’t mean we won’t experience hardship and pain in this life (we will) what it does promise is something greater, something that supersedes the pain of this life and something that can never be taken away from us. Not only does Jesus promise to be with us always, providing us with wisdom and grace for every situation, he assures us that in the end no part of us will be destroyed but rather that our lives will be secured through our perseverance in this world.
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