Christ speaks to everyone

The Christian Science Monitor

For several weeks a close relative called me frequently, expressing deep despair about her life. In my efforts to help her regain her joy and inspiration, I talked to her about God's love for man, thinking if I could get through to her, the depression would lift. But each time, she became so upset that we couldn't continue the conversation. One day she simply hung up, and I realized that my endless talking was actually a hindrance to this relative's gaining peace.

Yearning to know what I could do to help, I recalled that Christ Jesus often encountered people in mental or physical distress who were unable to lift themselves out of their troubles. There was the man from the country of the Gadarenes, possessed with many devils (Mark 5:1–15); the woman suffering with an issue of blood for twelve years (Matt. 9:20–22); the nobleman's son who lay dying at Capernaum (John 4:46–53), and many others.

The love that brings freedom
December 18, 1989

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