As I prepared the lesson for my Scripture class this week, I realised that I had an extra degree of connection to the events in the Bible.
The story was about the government official in Capernaum whose son was very sick (John 4:46).
This man had great power and influence over others, and yet he was powerless to do anything to bring health to his gravely sick son.
In his desperation he submitted to a greater power, even though it showed his weakness.
So, when he went to Jesus, he begged him to come and heal his son.
This man knew he had no hope in his own strength and that all he could do was depend on Jesus to help him and his son in this time of trial.
In this moment of need, Jesus showed his power and his compassion.
With a simple word, Jesus immediately healed the boy, even though he was located a long distance away.
Jesus showed great power over sickness, which came from his great compassion over those who are helpless and sad.
I shared with my Scripture kids about how my own son had a serious injury, and I showed them the X-rays of the masterful work of the orthopaedic surgeon.
And I told them about how I, too, was powerless to heal my injured son.
Like the government official, all I could do was ask for assistance from the person who was able to help my sick child.
And like Jesus, the amazing medical staff showed great power and compassion over Oscar and his crushed foot.
It is such a great comfort to be able to come and seek comfort and mercy from someone who is both powerful and compassionate: Jesus Christ.