A Healing Presence
Ahundred stimulating Sabbath school discussions that try to answer the question “Why does God allow suffering?” melt away in the midnight silence of another hospital waiting room. We speak softly; we hold each other’s hands; we move repeatedly to prayer.
If there is a helpful answer to the burdened cry of so many hearts, it will be found in the embrace of a fellow believer who holds you, hears you, and waits with you through dark hours. The thing we want most when we are afraid or in pain is the presence of someone who knows the Savior.
Around the world of Adventism there are tens of thousands—probably millions—of such men and women, ministering the grace and comfort of the Healer in waiting rooms, hospital wards, and Sabbath school classes. No theological or philosophical thing they might say in those difficult moments matters half so much as that they share the compassion of Jesus with an arm around the shoulder or a whispered word of prayer. Love knows how to be quiet, how to wait, how to point the hurting one toward the promises of the unfailing One.
As you read this month’s cover feature, “Hope Without Healing,” take the opportunity to pause and pray for those who offer frontline care to the world’s hurting and wounded—thousands of Adventist physicians, nurses, counselors, relief workers, chaplains, and pastors in nearly 200 nations. Pray not so much for the words they will say as they witness the suffering or pass through it themselves, but that they will themselves be held as they hold so many others.
He in whom “all things hold together” (Col. 1:17, NIV)* will soon return. And in His everlasting embrace, we will find the most satisfying answer possible to the age-old question that begins with “Why?”