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He’s Got What I Need

When my friend called in tears, after suffering a terrible loss, I felt so sad and broken, as though I had nothing to offer to comfort her. Being thousands of miles away, I couldn’t even race to her side to let her cry on my shoulder. So I listened. I cried. I prayed and told her I’d be there for her, no matter what.

God constantly calls me outside of my comfort zone to be present, to love, to walk alongside those I love through all kinds of unknowns. To make the incredibly difficult phone call. To sit up alongside a hurting child, not knowing what do to ease her pain. Also to rejoice with family and friends about miracles happening in their lives.

I often feel as though I have almost nothing to offer in these moments. I can’t cure illness or solve relationships. I don’t have poetic words to speak. I can’t predict how my own day will unfold. Yet God calls me anyway, and in having nothing for my daily journey, He supplies all I need.

The story in today’s Gospel (Mark 6:7-13) isn’t the first time God called the Apostles to go forth and to take nothing. When He first called them, He asked that they leave everything, to follow Him with nothing. Perhaps God instructed the Twelve to take nothing on the journey so that they would have to fully rely upon Him.

Maybe it is the same for me. Every day He calls me, every day He sends me to witness to His love in my relationships. And when I feel like I have nothing much to give, perhaps it’s because He knows that if I had more {expertise, tools, you name it} I’d be overconfident and forget to trust in Him. I’d forget to look to Him for the Way. I’d insist that “I’ve got this, God. I’m good.”

But I’m not, and I don’t have the answers at all. So from my nothing, I call on Him to make up for what I lack, and lean in to His grace to lead me.

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Gina Fensterer is a Colorado native at heart, but the West Coast beach life suits her just fine. She currently lives in small coastal area of California with her husband and six children. She loves the Jesus prayer, coffee at any time of day, homemade salsa, photography, and sleepy toddler snuggles. You can find out more about her here.

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    Rachelle
    February 7, 2019 at 6:32 am

    Please remember sister that, as disciples, we too are charged with the mission given to the original disciples. You too can cure illness by the power of the Holy Spirit! This gift is being rediscovered by the Catholic Church by the grace of God. Please see the book “Healing” by Dr. Mary Healy, or “The Spiritual Gifts Handbook” by Randy Clark and Mary Healy. Actual physical healing is occurring in our own Catholic Churches through the Holy Spirit! It’s time for us to awaken to the gifts that are ready there for us, we need merely ask.

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    Christine
    February 7, 2019 at 8:03 am

    Very wise words. Thank you for giving me something to seriously ponder this day.

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    Megan Angel
    February 7, 2019 at 1:34 pm

    This is surprisingly well timed, as my family is preparing for the loss of someone . (My granados is on a limited timeline).) And all of us are unsure of how to best help my grandmother is this time. So this is a really lovely reminder that we’re not alone.

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    Mariellen
    February 7, 2019 at 4:47 pm

    He knows that if I had more {expertise, tools, you name it} I’d be overconfident and forget to trust in Him. I’d forget to look to Him for the Way. I’d insist that “I’ve got this, God. I’m good.”
    Yes! This really hit home for me today. I had a seizure this morning and am home alone trying to take care of my 1 and 3 year old while scouring new medical studies to find an answer to my health problems. This reminded me to just stop and “lean into His grace to lead me”. I am just in the beginnings of my journey towards God and learning about Catholicism and loving this beautiful community of BIS. Thank you for sharing and giving me the boost I needed to get through my day.

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