I had one of those “not so great days” today, and then I read little Kate McRae’s CaringBridge page. How small it made my troubles seem. Below is an excerpt from today’s post:
“Yesterday we got another peak into the mind of a 7 year old battling cancer. Our 7 year old. From the moment she woke up I knew something was wrong. It only took a few questions and a few minutes to have Kate sobbing in my arms. And then came the words that broke my defenses and my heart. “I don’t think I would go to heaven if I died”. Through many tears I realized that she felt like weakness on her part, frustration with God still allowing her to battle cancer, and other things, made her feel she was no longer worthy of heaven being her home. I held her as she cried and apologized profusely. We talked and assured her that it was okay to be frustrated, even share our anger with God. I told her I was often angry watching her suffer. And yet that is why Jesus came. To save us, not so we could save ourselves. Awhile later she told me, “I am so glad He came mom.” And that night she whispered, “I am so glad I told. I am so happy now.” I have no idea how long she quietly struggled. I am simply glad that we were able to speak truth to her hurting heart.”
If you haven’t gone to Kate’s CaringBridge page, your faith will be strengthened. http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/mcraekate Take the time to go back, read old posts, and be blessed by the faith of a mother whose heart is breaking and crying out to God, and words from a child who speaks nothing but pure truth.
Mark 10:13-16 The Message (MSG)
13-16The people brought children to Jesus, hoping he might touch them. The disciples shooed them off. But Jesus was irate and let them know it: “Don’t push these children away. Don’t ever get between them and me. These children are at the very center of life in the kingdom. Mark this: Unless you accept God’s kingdom in the simplicity of a child, you’ll never get in.” Then, gathering the children up in his arms, he laid his hands of blessing on them.
What can we do?
Pray for Kate, believe like Kate, trust like Kate… love like Kate.