Sunday, August 4, 2013

“She had never imagined she had the power to make someone else so happy. And not a magical power, either--a purely human one.” ― Cassandra Clare

When I was a little boy, I used to pray for God to give me superpowers like Superman, so I could fly and help people.  My prayers went unanswered--or so I thought.  Little did I know then as I know now, that God has given us all superpowers, powers that go above and beyond the limits of physics and science.  God has given us all the power to heal, to comfort, to change the quality of a person's day, to give hope to the hopeless, to bring sunshine into the darkest of days.  We, each of us, have the power to smile at someone who needs to see one.  We have the power to just stand beside someone who needs to know that they are not alone.  Back in the '80s when so many farmers were losing their farms, I asked a pastor friend of mine in Kansas what he said when he went out to watch a family's home and personal possessions be auctioned off.  He said there were no words to say, that what was needed was for him to be there to stand with the family.  We stand with others at at funerals.  We do that at weddings.  We do that at births.  We have the power to hold the hand of a frightened child during a thunderstorm; we have the power to hug a mother who has just lost a child; we have the power to hold hands and pray for the many needs of those who have lost everything in a hurricane or tornado.  God has given us the greatest of all superpowers--He has given us the power to love, to reveal the silver lining behind every cloud we see, to bless those who feel alone, alienated, and betrayed.  He has told us and shown us with His own Son how to use this power over and over and has let us feel the power running through our own bodies in a way that science can never explain.  No scientist will ever be able to explain how a perfect stranger could offer his or her own life to save those of people they never knew--yet it happens every day.  There is no science in sacrifice--only love.  We need to learn to use these superpowers that God has given us to change the world--one smile, one touch, one hug, one prayer at a time. 

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