We are ONE body

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.

 Kirk M
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K Reynolds+

I will never forget the day that I met with the surgeon just prior to beginning cancer treatment. I was walking down the hallway of a hospital beside my husband, heading for her office, when suddenly I stopped. I simply stopped and could not for the life of me move. I just stopped. My husband, who was talking, had not noticed I stopped and kept on walking until he suddenly noticed I was not by his side. He immediately stopped, turned around and looked at me standing about 20-30 paces behind him. I simply looked at him imploringly but didn't say a word. I couldn't.

He immediately came to my side, wrapped his arm around me protectively and said, "We will wait here together until you can go on." I remember how I felt when that happened. I remember how I felt his strength around me. I was not alone! There was someone by my side and he was not going to leave it until God Himself would separate us through death.

One flesh, one body. We take those words so lightly most of the time. We would do well to remember that as Christians we are one body.

Blessings!

K :princess:

Barbra Lambert

"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

... How true this is... !

I can certainly relate to what you're going through, Kirk. Please know that I will be continuing my prayers for both "blest and you!"

God "will" make a way for each of you. :pray:

Beth+

Amen and amen... and amen to "Thank you so much for being our family!"

:heart: your blest