Pastor Ralph J. Mineo, St. Luke’s Lutheran Church
James A. Garfield was elected president of the United States in 1880. After only six months in office, he was shot in the back with a revolver. In the hospital, a doctor probed the wound with his little finger, but couldn’t locate the bullet. He tried a silver-tipped probe, but still couldn’t find the bullet.
Back in Washington D.C., as Garfield grew weaker and weaker, teams of doctors tried to locate the bullet, but they all failed. In desperation, they summoned Alexander Graham Bell to try to locate the bullet. He too failed.
Sadly, President Garfield died, not directly from the bullet, but from the constant probing which caused a fatal infection.
Sin is much more that a single action of wrong-doing, selfishness, injustice, breaking a commandment, etc. When sin becomes a habitual way of life, habitual bad relationships, habitual separation from God, it’s an infection which has the power to kill souls! Sin can eat away at the human spirit in the most destructive ways.
People sometimes think and act as if sinful behavior brings happiness and joy. The truth is, a life of sin, a life of being disconnected from God, is as destructive to the soul as the deadliest
infection is destructive to the body.
Soren Kierkegaard, in the 19th century, once said that creating a universe out of nothing really wasn’t much of a job at all for God. But for God to FORGIVE those who mistreat, abuse and harm the children of God, THAT’S the real miracle!
Indeed, the greatest miracle of our lives is when God reaches down and cures the infection of our sinful souls, and brings true and lasting healing. Only God can give us that kind of healing! Only God.
Experiencing the presence and healing of Christ Jesus is the foundation of the Christian life. We can truly experience Jesus in our moments of prayer, worship, Bible reading, devotions, and so on. I dare say: we NEED such moments! I like to call them “God-Moments” (similar to the more popular “God-Sightings”).
There’s nothing more important for us than to experience the spiritual healing of Christ in our lives. It’s our choice: do we want a life of sin, or do we want a life with Christ?
May the presence of Christ touch you today, so that you might experience God’s love in your daily life. To use the words from one of my favorite hymns, may your soul’s prayer be: “Shine, Jesus, Shine.”