Wednesday, October 5, 2016

October 5: Illness and Healing

Like the woman in the scripture, I have a chronic illness,  She struggled with hers for 12 years.  I have been struggling with mine for about 18 years -- at least.  A chronic illness is a sickness for which there is no known cure.  Therefore, those experiencing it can find themselves dealing with it quite often for the rest of their lives.  It can make life challenging to be somewhat sick all the time.  Sometimes it can feel like your own body is committing violence against your soul.  With pain, limitations, a reordering of your life/schedule and friends and family not understanding fully what you are going through, it can feel as if you are troubled on every side.  Yet that is when we push through all that would crowd us out of the presence of Jesus.  That is when we stretch ourselves to ensure that we are touching the Lord.  It is miraculous that we receive power in our struggle when we remain in the presence of the Lord through it all.  We remember that no matter the struggle, God is with us.  No matter the challenge, we are never alone.  Then we can take a deep breath and feel ourselves relaxing. 

O God, You are the ultimate resting place for our souls.  You grant peace and strength in the struggle and joy in the journey.  For that, we are truly grateful.  Help us to be witnesses of Your grace and mercy so that others may know the healing for their souls that can be found in Your presence.  We pray this is the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.

Rev. Dr. Dara Cobb Lewis
who serves as a pastoral counselor in Belmont, NC.  She is a married mother who overcomes the challenges of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) daily by the grace of God and with the help of those who love her.

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