Tuesday, October 12, 2010

The Alchemy of Illness

I'm taking a college class on "Narratives of Illness and Doctoring". We are reading memoirs by patients and physicians. All of the readings are secular. They leave me so sad for nonbelievers. I cannot imagine facing a life-threatening illness, chronic pain or emotional illness without a reliance on God. Can you imagine Job surviving his ills without his close relationship with the Lord? As a nurse of many years, I've seen and thought a lot about the meaning of illness and the transcendence of suffering. I've been blessed to see the hand of God reach out in life and in death. Tonight, I want to share with you my favorite Bible passage for the sick and suffering. I have used it many times, always with the same result. May it bless your heart as it always does mine.

May you feel His grace today,
Gail W.

The last Word:
Therefore, we do not lose hope. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
2 Corinthians 4:16-18, NIV.