Thursday, October 23, 2008

Precious in His Sight

Audrey LeBlanc, Dennis' niece, was born with severe birth defects, but her parents cared for her needs at home in every detail, from how to hold her so she could breathe better, to exercising and massaging her limbs several times a day to how to make her smile. Although parenting a special needs child consumed them, they never wanted to see her die young to alleviate their burden. Their love for her was immense. And they miss her enormously.

"Just as a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him." Psalm 103:13.

It encourages me that God cares for us like a parent who cares for his children, sensitive of their vulnerability and dependence on him.

"For He Himself knows our frame; He is mindful that we are but dust." Ps.103:14

I'm feeling really "dusty" these days. I am not made out of brick. I am not a wall nor a machine. And I have a shelf life, physically. We all do. But why do we treat ourselves and others without respect to the precious life we all possess so tenuously?

Back to Heavenly Man, Yun ends up in a Thai prison that has living conditions thousands times worse than the ones in China. Upon entering over a misunderstanding in his passport and suspicion that he was a spy, Yun writes that men who contracted disease were left to languish in dark corners of the overcrowded cells What caught my attention is how Yun sorrowfully describes the suffering ones as "precious souls". As one who had suffered much himself, he amazes me by his empathy for others.

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