There are some things in this life that are hard to describe unless they are witnessed firsthand. I have been a nurse for almost 19 years and have witnessed some of life’s most amazing and devastating moments. I would like to share with you one of those moments today that has been ingrained forever in my heart.
This particular day, I had already finished a couple of cases in the operating room. People who know me, know I wear a cross necklace. As I entered the room of the next patient, he saw the cross I was wearing around my neck. Before I had the chance to introduce myself, he held out his hands for me to hold. He took my hands then said, “Do you believe Jesus Christ is your Lord and Savior?” I said, “Yes.” It was obvious this patient did not speak much English. He smiled and said in his broken English, “Then you are my sister.”
Here was a man (probably of Russian descent) whom I’ve never met before, embracing and proclaiming me to be his sister in Christ before he even knew my name.
As I was still holding this man’s hand, I responded back to him, “Then you are my brother.”
What’s so amazing about this moment, it didn’t matter this man could barely speak English. It didn’t matter he didn’t know my name—he didn’t need to. He only needed to know that I loved and accepted Jesus as my Savior. We didn’t need to speak the same language to understand God’s love for us. God’s love is the language the blind can see and the deaf can hear.“There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” Galatians 3:28 NIVClick To Tweet
This man showed me it doesn’t matter if we are Catholic, Greek or Jewish. When we accept the love of Jesus, we become the same lineage, united by the blood of Christ which makes us brothers and sisters. In God’s love, there are no orphans left behind. It doesn’t matter if we came from a broken home, a perfect home or don’t have a home. The love of Jesus provides a home for everyone– his love is our home. We are all apart of God’s one big family when we accept Christ as our Lord and Savior, adopted by the blood of Christ.
“God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure.” Ephesians 1:5 NLT
Once we are adopted into God’s family, we become new citizens not of this world but of heaven.
“For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ;” Philippians 3:20
God’s love is what transforms our hearts and our lives.
“who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.” Philippians 3:21
My patient recognized I was a part of his family that day because I was wearing my cross. What if I wasn’t wearing my cross? How would others recognize we are apart of the same family?
Watching the news, there is so much division and hard to tell who is apart of God’s family because of our differences. Even in our differences, God’s love is what unites us.
His grace is what saves us. When Christ lives in us, his loving kindness overflows from within us, allowing others to see the love of Jesus. When we give the lovingkindness of God, others will know how much God loves them and in Christ, we are all apart of God’s holy family.
“Therefore, my brothers and sisters, you whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm in the Lord in this way, dear friends!” Phil 4:1
There is no greater love than the love of Jesus. God could have lived anywhere in the world but he chose to live in our hearts! (author unknown). You are loved my sister (or brother)!
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