But she became ill, and a long anticipated day at was replaced by an all-night series of CT scans, X-rays and blood tests at the hospital.
As morning approached the doctor told my exhausted little girl that she would need to have one more test, a .
The procedure would be painful, they said. The doctor then asked me if I planned to stay in the room. I nodded, knowing I couldn't leave Jennifer alone during the ordeal. The doctor gently asked Jennifer to remove all her clothing.
She looked at me with child-like modesty as if to ask if that were alright. They had her curl up into a tiny ball. I buried my face in hers and hugged her. When the needle went in, Jennifer cried.
As the searing pain increased, she sobbed repeatedly, 'Daddy, Daddy, Daddy,' her voice becoming more earnest with each word. It was as if she were saying 'Oh Daddy, please, can't you do something?' My tears mingled with hers.
My heart was broken, I felt nauseated. Because I loved her, I was allowing her to go through the most agonising experience of her life.
In the middle of that spinal tap my thoughts went to the Cross. What unspeakable pain both the Son and the Father went through - for our sake."
But because of the we have:
(1) Reconciliation. "God… reconciled us to Himself"
(2) Regeneration. "Having been born again"
(3) . "Everyone who… believes… I will raise him up at the last day."
Thank God for the Cross!
Do You Want a Relationship with God?
If you want this kind of relationship with God, pray this prayer right now:
Lord Jesus Christ, I believe that you took the pain of the cross to give me new life. I ask you to come into my life and to give me your peace and joy. I confess that I am a sinner -- that I have gone my own way and have done wrong. Please forgive me for my sins. I receive you now as my Lord and Savior. Please fill me with your Holy Spirit. Help me to follow you and to serve you all my life. Thank you, Lord Jesus. Amen.