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.

8 comments:

Bernadine said...

Hello Gail. It's nice to meet you. Thank you for stopping by my blog today and leaving and encouraging comment.

Love the verses you used at the end of your post. It's so sad that unbelievers choose to face life without God. I can't imagine going through the trials of life without him.

deodate said...

Hi Gail, I just discovered your blog and I love your post. What a gift you must be to the patients that you minister to. Thanks for sharing.
Andie

Denise said...

You are such a sweet blessing, love you.

Beth.. One Blessed Nana said...

I can't imagine life without my Savior. I do not know how people make it on their own. I depend on my Lord so much!

You have blessed me today!

Tina said...

Gail!!!!

I have been away from blogland too long! I'm so happy you are back. So much has happened around here. God has blessed us greatly. Brett is home! I haven't blogged much about it because I've been too busy enjoying him and the family! I plan to write more soon ...

I know what you mean about feeling so sad for nonbelievers facing illness. Brett and I were just talking this morning about addiction and how sad it is to see nonbelievers struggle. I think some do manage to get clean by following God's principals but without the power of Christ too many are quickly ensnared again and again. Illness and suffering are part of the broken world we live in yet God is always there for those who seek Him thank you for this verse ... it is powerful and encouraging

Because of Him,
Tina

Angie Knight said...

Gail,
You have come to my mind several time the past 2 weeks.
Praying for you and all that you see and experience on a daily basis. May the LORD use your ability and heart for Him to lead a lost one home.

my diary said...

thanks for sharing this...i found your blog thrue other followers..looking for to visit more...blessings from holland

Crown of Beauty said...

HOw have you been dear Gail! Just wanted you to know I miss reading your posts, and am praying for you. Abba Father is keeping you safe close to His heart.
Shalom
Lidia