From Rev Sue Ann Yarbrough
Greetings, everyone! May you all be experiencing and witnessing the blessings of health in your communities, families, and in your very own lives. Please know that God is with you., and that we of SpiritCare are as well. Please let us know how we can be of service to you.
I thought of this text while I was in conversation today with the wife of a colleague . He has a serious cancer, and he has been discerning as to whether he should take part in an experimental treatment trial. Today I learned that he is going to participate. The deciding factor for him was the ability to take part in a study while he was living. I was not surprised to hear of his decision because that seems so much in alignment with the beliefs that I know he holds dear. I believe he is offering himself as a living sacrifice to God in the hopes that all those who suffer from this disease can benefit.
Paul often used the word perfection, and sometimes that can be confusing. How can we be perfect? However, if we think in terms of living into the wholeness or fullness that God is offering us, then it seems more doable. Whatever our health condition, we can be whole if we but surrender our lives to God. If we do that, God will always accept us, and transform us. Our health may not be "perfect" but we can always be filled and fulfilled with the love of God.
Thank you for teaching us to be people of generosity. Show us the way to even more generosity of spirit for we know that is the way to draw closer to you. This is the life we want to live. This is a life in Christ.
In gratitude we pray,
Rev. Sue Ann Yarbrough, Associate Pastor
San Lorenzo Community Church, United Church of Christ