“Do not take gold or silver or copper for your belts; no sack for the journey, or a second tunic, or sandals, or walking stick.”
The past few days have brought me a more intense realization that I am coming to the end of my journey. I do not know how many more miles I have to go but there are definitely less miles for me to travel than I have already walked. I need all my remaining energies to make it to my destination. I cannot afford to be weighed down by excess baggage. I need to travel light. Gold and silver I cannot bring beyond a certain point. I wouldn’t want to pay any taxes on them at my port of entry. I may not need either a sack for provisions further down the road. I heard there is a banquet waiting at my destination where food never runs out and everything I can fancy will be there. I do not need any tunic nor sandals as everything will be provided for at my final destination.
“As you go, make this proclamation:‘The Kingdom of heaven is at hand.’
Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, drive out demons.”
As I lay there in my hospital bed being cared for by a myriad of doctors, nurses, technicians and hospital aides, I thought of all the people in my life. I counted my blessings of family and friends. In my time and during my journey, I have done some curing and healing with friends and colleagues in the the healthcare sector. I have raised and uplifted many a flagging spirit many times with dear family and precious friends. I have done a lot of cleaning – physical, emotional, material, spiritual – with and for people who are dear to me and for many others who were in need. I believed I have also helped drive out demons of depressions, sadness, anger, hatred, ignorance, prejudice, etc. from those whose lives I have touched or who have touched my life.
I cam home sober and rather somber and I look ahead into the coming days. Looking back, I remember all the marvels the Lord has done in my life. Looking ahead, I pace everything into His loving hands. I am coming home.