I don’t remember the exact date I became a Christian, but it was right about this time of year, 30 years ago. The verse that broke through was 2 Corinthians 4:17-18:
For this slight momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.
Those verses keep finding their way into my life, and it occurred to me this morning how fitting they are for this outreach. We will be serving a couple hundred disabled people who are in the middle of a “slight momentary affliction” that probably doesn’t feel very slight or very momentary.
But believe it or not, another “affliction” can be the wheelchair itself. The wheelchair is a great thing, but it is going to wear out eventually.
So would you please join us in praying for each person that gets served? Thirty years ago Jesus changed my life by helping me take my eyes off transient things.
Pray that these eternal souls in
- would see their disability as transient. Even if it lasts their whole life it is short compared to eternity.
- would not put too much emphasis on their new wheelchair, realizing that it too is transient.
- would respond with joy to the gospel, and know without a doubt that Jesus offers “an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison.”