Belinda Kersey 9/19/07
When I experienced my first MRI, I was quite frightened. The doctor informed me he was pretty certain we would find multiple sclerosis lesions in my brain. As well, the closed MRI did nothing for my claustrophobia. As I lay as still as could be, I had to get my mind off of where I was and what the probable diagnosis would be.
In my mind, I began to sing every song of victory and hope that I knew. But, the one song that I repeatedly returned to simply said, “Thank you Lord for saving my soul, thank you Lord for making me whole. Thank you Lord for giving to me so great a salvation so rich and free.”
This was not a favorite song of mine nor one I considered particularly beautiful or stirring. However, as the day unfolded with the news I had MS and as the months of weakness and decline ensued, this song continued to play in my mind. As I pondered the reason this particular song seemed embedded in my psyche, I realized that the words conveyed the very crux of what was enabling me to deal with this hopeless diagnosis and all of the devastating changes it was causing in my body and life.
Without God first saving me, I would have had no hope. No hope of healing and no hope of a life free from pain. Some affected by MS suffer depression and suicide. Without Christ’s salvation, I could never hope to be whole. Without this great gift, I would never be free of the fear of my disease.
I am so very thankful for God’s salvation of my soul. It gives me a purpose as I awake each morning from dreams of running and am confronted by my wheelchair. His salvation gives me hope of being healed miraculously or of a miraculous cure being discovered. His salvation enables me to believe if I am never healed on this earth, then I can still live a life content in Him. His salvation offers me hope in a victorious life He has planned for me both in this world and in the eternal one that follows.
Christ’s sacrifice on the cross comes to us freely offered and richly abundant for all. With His saving grace, He offers us a life of meaning no matter the circumstances. He offers comfort when our way becomes more than we can handle. He gives mercy to us that is new every morning.
Have you experienced Jesus’ saving grace? Have you come before him and asked him to live and rule in your life? If so, thank Him now for his salvation. If not, just take a moment to do so. You truly have nothing to lose and so very much to gain. Simply ask him to forgive you of any sin in your life and invite Him to live within you. Let Him know you believe He is alive and waiting for you to take this step, confess that without Him you are nothing and with Him your life becomes everything He planned it to be. Welcome Home child of God! The angels are dancing and singing over your salvation this very moment.
“Thank You Lord” words & music by Mr. & Mrs. Seth Sykes