When someone who is near and dear to your heart is sick, gets injured or is going through a really rough stretch in life, the impact on you is profound to say the least. Even today, as my wife lays curled up in bed feeling absolutely horrible; I am finding it difficult to focus on what I should be doing in addition to praying for her. It is beyond my comprehension how she managed to work etc when I was sick and in hospitals for 52 straight days last fall.
And whether one member suffereth, all the members suffer with it; or one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it. 1 Corinthians 12:26
I suppose this verse could be talking about the entire Body of Christ, but it is my belief that it is speaking of the particular body of believers we are a part of within the Body of Christ. I know that in smaller churches there is great empathy when one member is suffering the loss of a loved one or is in the midst of some crisis. There is also great rejoicing when one member is honored for doing something great for others. The analogy to the human body revealed in 1 Corinthians 12 is spectacular and stunningly appropriate. Then entire discussion that occupies much of the chapter really puts what God has done within the Body of Christ in wonderful perspective.
God did not make us to suffer alone or have no one to rejoice with when something great happens. The comfort and support given to us by fellow members of the Body during difficult times gives us strength to carry on. The encouragement and recognition heaped upon us when good things take place enables the whole Body to share in the joy.
Nowhere are these principles more applicable than within a marriage. A husband and wife are supposed to be ONE in that whatever one feels, the other feels it too and whenever one suffers, the other suffers also. When a marriage functions as ONE, everything God designed it to be blossoms into a beautiful flower. When a married couple cannot (or will not) become ONE, the discord and animosity grows to the point there is no answer other than divorce. Oh how it must pain the Father's heart when he sees His children's marriage dissolve into bitterness, fighting and worse.
My heart is hurting today for I hate seeing the love of my life suffering such misery as she is in today. I long to do something to make her feel better, but I know at the moment the greatest thing I can do is to pray and encourage others to pray too. Prayerfully this bug will finish its course quickly and she can enjoy the snow she wanted to have so badly. Thank you for praying for Beth and also for me that whatever is afflicting her does not spread to me. Thank you so much for being our family.