May 8

May 8
by Jenny Dittmer
Read: 1 Corinthians 12:12 – 27

Time goes by faster as we age. My dad especially enjoyed explaining to me how the Physics of this concept works. I miss talking with him about science, politics, religion, and all of the other thought provoking, or simply provoking, topics that he loved discussing and debating. He was a man who valued questioning the status quo and encouraged critical thinking. As an adult, I enjoyed learning a little about his relationship with God and about his faith. I’m thankful to have had the opportunity to engage in many intriguing conversations with him that led me deeper into my own relationship with Christ.

Growing up, it was my mom who consistently dragged me and my three siblings out of bed to be to church by 8:15 a.m., forced us to go to Sunday School and weekday youth group, made sure we never missed a confirmation class, participated in VBS and sang in the youth choir. She trusted God in the midst of her fourteen year battle with breast cancer and she never appeared to question His hand in the midst of her circumstances nor His timing of it all. She would often talk about the day that she would meet Jesus and “sing with the angels.” In my mind, she had unwavering faith, like a child’s.

About two weeks after my mom had passed, both my sister and I had vivid dreams of my mother singing with a chorus of angels. I remember waking from my dream with a sense of joy, like none I had ever felt, and with a tune and words beautifully echoing endlessly in my mind. I still kick myself today for not having written down those lyrics!  Sixteen years later, I received a frantic call regarding my dad. Racing from my driveway I had what I can only describe as a vision. I saw an opening of sky where my mom’s hand reached down and grabbed my dad’s hand, lifting them upward together. In that moment, I felt at peace and knew that he had passed.

Both of my parents were uniquely made, dearly loved by God, and used by Him in very different but truly impactful ways. 1 Corinthians 12:12-27 comes to my mind when thinking about God’s intentional use of our diverse ways; people think about, acknowledge, worship, praise, explain, and experience their faith and relationship with Jesus Christ in countless ways. Everyone doesn’t need to have dreams or visions. Likewise, everyone doesn’t need to have a scientific rationale that could, perhaps, explain the spiritual realm. The ways that an individual forms a connection with God are just as different as my dad was from my mom, and vice versa. There is no right or wrong in one’s personal relationship with Jesus Christ. He just, simply, wants us to have one. Today, I pray that each of you find your own wonderful way to connect with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Dear Heavenly Father, 
Thank you for being with us at all times, whether it be during the birth of a child or during one’s final breath.  Thank you for holding us when we feel too weak to hold others. Thank you for forgiving us when we acknowledge our regrets and mistakes, time and time again. Thank you for hearing us when we sing a simple song to you and when we cry out our pains to you. Thank you for showing yourself in the smile, caring, and kindness of other believers. Thank you for showing yourself in the mysterious unknowns that our earthly science grasps to explain. And, thank you for seeking an intimate, personal relationship with each and every one of us through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen

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