Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.                                                                                                                                                      Psalm 55:22

Have you seen those commercials for a variety of drugs that claim they will help your life be so good even as you deal with a heart condition, cancer, breathing problems and a myriad of other conditions? The scene is always set on a sunny day with grandparents running with their grandkids or on a picnic. Everyone is smiling and happy because, of course, they are taking that particular medication. And then, the end of the commercial comes with the warnings. In a rapid paced voice, much like an auctioneer, the narrator informs you: This medication may cause nausea, vomiting, explosive diarrhea, shortness of breath, bloating, hair loss, constipation, kidney failure, suicidal thoughts, toe nail fungus and warts. Do not take this medication if you are allergic to it, are on an ace inhibitor, were born in the month of May, or have a desire to live for any length of time. See a doctor immediately if you have breath that lasts more than eight hours.

Do you really want to take the medication upon hearing all the warnings? Not such a sunny outlook. The truth is, medicine and hospitals, medical tests and other health related issues can be quite scary. As one who has seen my wife through many of these scary times, it can be a time of great anxiety and fear. Uncertainty can be particularly challenging as we tend to think of the gravest outcomes. “It’s probably cancer and most likely terminal” our minds imagine. And truth is, sometimes it is. Sometimes the fragility of the human body and our own mortality are all too real. What are we to do then?

What a downer of a newsletter article, huh? Well, it isn’t meant to be, for there is another truth. God is with us. GOD IS WITH US. Through every trial, every time of uncertainty, every scary, fear inducing diagnosis, there is a great physician who knows our need and gives us a hope and a promise………God is with us. One of my favorite Christian songs “He is With You” has a verse that says: And he is with you in the ICU when the doctors don’t know what to do, and it scares you to the core, He is with you. Oh, I am so thankful for that promise. Somehow, even it the midst of the fear, there is a peace that takes place in the soul. God’s got this. He is with you.

Years ago, I sang a song simply called “Rest” by Steve Green. The lyrics of the song spoke to me then and still speak to me today. I hope they will speak to your heart.

Rest, the Lord is near, refuse to fear, enjoy His love
Trust, His mighty power fills every hour, of all your days

There is no need for needless worry
With such a Savior you have no cause to ever
Doubt, His perfect Word still reassures, in any trial.

My friends, may you know this truth in your darkest of days, when life crashes in, when it’s hard to find any hope. Give it to God. God is with you.

In Christ’s Love,

                 Pastor Jeff