How Beautiful is the Body of Christ!

Elena Massa

Our last few days in India and our first week home in the USA has not been the journey ending we would have chosen. Both Sal and I became ill with compounded viral and bacterial infections soon after the last conference concluded.

With only days left to leave India, we were both bedridden with fevers. The Samuel family surrounded us with such love and care. Thomas prayed faithfully for our healing. Marykutty prepared “easy on the stomach” meals, making sure we were getting some nourishment. When I was admitted to the hospital for IV, Sister Jaya never left my side. She slept beside me and took care of me through the night. A day later, Sal was taken to a clinic for IV. Viju never left him. Even his pastor came to pray with us.

How Beautiful is the Body of Christ!

It is only by the grace of God that we were able to board the three planes that flew us home on April 10. God and God alone gets the glory for carrying us 9,000 miles. Within hours of arriving home, Sal was taken to the ER where he was diagnosed with influenza B and three strains of E. coli. It was our dear friends, Paul and June Adler and her sister, Kris, who took Sal to the hospital and stayed with him while I was sick at home. They purchased all the medications that were prescribed  and brought us a big pot of chicken soup. In the following days, Marjie Barnett dropped by with a meal, Margie Bernhardt dropped off some bakery and then stopped by with Chip to pray for us.

How Beautiful is the Body of Christ!

The prayer chain at Lake Country Bible Church stormed Heaven on our behalf. And there are those family and friends who have reached out to us through phone calls, emails and text messages. The care, the prayer, the acts of kindness and concern have all contributed to our slow and steady recoveries.  Romans 12:5 So it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other.

How Beautiful is the Body of Christ!

Twila Paris wrote the following in the lyrics of How Beautiful. Sal and I have been wrapped up and carried in beauty through everyone who has reached out to us in the past few weeks. Thank you.

How beautiful the radient Bride
who waits for her Groom
with His light in her eyes.
How beautiful when humble hearts give
the fruit of pure lives
so that others may live.
How beautiful
how beautiful
how beautiful is the body of Christ.