READ : 1 Thessalonians 5:12-24
It’s easy to be thankful when all goes well. But how do we react when faced with tragedies in our lives? Can we thank God in times of illness, accidents or death?
Miss Kang’s cheek was swollen like a large grapefruit. It was obvious that she needed more than dental treatment. After major surgery to remove the cancer she returned to our dental clinic. We began to take the impressions for a special prosthesis to fill in the large hole in the roof of her mouth. As we told her of the hope she could have in Jesus, she blurted out, “Who wouldn’t want to trust in a God who loves us so much!”
Unfortunately after several years the cancer recurred and she returned to our hospital. She spent the last month of her life going around her ward sharing Christ with the other patients. She told them, “I thank God for my cancer for without it I would never have come to know the love of Jesus.”
Many people become bitter when faced with suffering. In today’s reading Paul gives us the secret of continuous peace and contentment: Rejoice! Pray constantly! Give thanks! Praise God! It has worked for many others, and it will work for all who practice it.
Lord, help us to take to heart the good advice you have given us in your Word. In Jesus’ name, Amen.