People probably do not understand; God does

By Father Dennis Meinen
View from the Scooter

Pope Francis said God’s mercy can make even the driest land become a garden, can restore life to dry bones (cf. Ez 37:1-14).

“Let us be renewed by God’s mercy, let us be loved by Jesus, let us enable the power of his love to transform our lives too; and let us become agents of this mercy, channels through which God can water the earth, protect all creation and make justice and peace flourish.” — Easter Urbi et Orbi message on March 31, 2013.

A lady named Reba Kosz wrote, “Recently, my little family and I were blessed to attend the ‘Carmen Heart of a Champion’ tour in Louisville, Kentucky. It was awesome and the harvest was huge. Many people left there having received Christ and renewed in the spirit.

“Seated next to me in the wheelchair area was a young man unable to communicate. He was suctioned via his tracheotomy tube every few minutes because he could not swallow on his own. Unless you watched him you would assume that he had no idea what was going on and somehow out of odds with all the preaching on healing and purpose going on. Someone who did not understand the ill and disabled would assume he was merely parked there and unable to participate in the worship. But they would be so wrong.

“This young man seated next to me is a child of God, a righteous being brought into existence for a purpose. His days are numbered as are the hairs of his head and Jesus knows his every, single need. He may not be able to verbalize to those around him but he has moment-to-moment conversations with Christ in ways that we could not consider. This man is completely, wholly, dependent on the mercy of the Father with nothing to get in the way. He is blessed and will continue to be blessed when he is given his new, perfect body. I saw his head bob, I saw him react to the lights and the music and though he could not lift his hands in praise, I felt him lift his pure, beautiful heart.

“Jesus loves you so much, and that is an understatement, that he even knows the number of hairs on your head. He says that as the sparrows are provided for every day, so will you have your needs met because your worth outweighs his own creations.

“People may not understand your illness, your pain and your disability but the Father does. So, don’t be afraid. Walk, limp, hobble, wheel, straight into his loving arms and let him whisper to you that he loves you.”

This is from Reba by way of Cup ‘O Cheer. Contact her: or or via Christian Voices Reba lives in Kentucky with her husband and son. She deals daily with severe lymphedema of the lower extremity.

Father Dennis Meinen serves as chaplain at Holy Spirit Retirement Home, Sioux City, for Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts in the diocese and Calix and Faithful Friar of the Garrigan 4th Degree Assembly of the Knights of Columbus, Sioux City.

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