Let them thank the Lord for His steadfast love, for His wondrous works to the children of men! For He satisfies the longing soul, and the hungry soul He fills with good things. Psalm 107:8-9
Ten-year-old Colby Curtin was dying of vascular cancer.
Diagnosed in 2005, the disease was doing its worst and Colby's life was limited to hours.
It's not that Colby wasn't ready to die. She was. It was just that Colby had something she wanted to do before she left.
Colby wanted to see the Disney-Pixar movie Up. In April, when she had been feeling better, she saw the previews. Back then she made a commitment to see the film.
But by June, Colby's health had deteriorated and the movie had not yet been released -- not that it would have made much difference. Colby was weak and confined to her bed.
But then some things -- some very good things -- happened.
A family friend called Pixar Studios and told them about Colby and her wish. The folks at Pixar went into a huddle to decide what they should do. It was a short huddle.
The following day a representative of the company showed up at Colby's home. He brought a copy of the film, stuffed animals, and other movie memorabilia.
The movie was played, but Colby hadn't the strength to open her eyes. Her mother had to describe what was happening on the screen.
Colby Curtin died later that night.
I don't know anybody at Pixar, but they did the right thing in satisfying the longing of a dying girl.
According to our text, that's exactly what God does for each of us. "He satisfies the longing soul and the hungry soul He fills with good things."
Because of the Lord's steadfast love, because of His gracious care, we have been given a Redeemer; we have been brought to faith, and we can look forward to eternity.
We have been saved, but there is a world out there dying from the cancer of sin. They need to see and hear the story of the Savior, of His life, His death, and His resurrection. Before they die they need to meet the Christ who can satisfy every longing soul.
Now, I know what Pixar would do in such a situation. The question is what will we do?
THE PRAYER: Dear Jesus, You satisfy the heart's desire of humanity. May I tell Your story to those who are dead in their sins. May they be moved to faith in You as their Redeemer. In Your Name, I ask it. Amen.
In Christ I remain His servant and yours,
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries