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My Thoughts: When Bad Health Prevails

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I have a confession to make. I’m tired of illnesses. I’m tired of my sons passing colds back and forth. I’m tired of the constant feeling that I’m one sneeze away from catching a cold myself.

And I’m tired of chronic illnesses. You know the ones that don’t go away. The ones that are here to stay. They’re like the bubonic plague, vengeful and destructive and seemingly impossible to eradicate.​

I’m tired of illnesses.

​But when I was slowly walking from my children’s bus stop to my house – for my knee was aching and my legs protesting – I was reminded of a certain Scripture.

2 Corinthians 1:3-4, “Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God” (KJV).
Maybe the reason I have to experience chronic illness is to be able to offer words of comfort and empathy to those who are dealing with similar issues. Maybe the reason my oldest son was recently diagnosed with childhood absence epilepsy is to bring awareness to those around me. Maybe the reason why my youngest son has sickle cell disease is to bring knowledge to those who think only sickle cell trait is the way to get it. (He has the disease from sickle cell trait and hemoglobin c trait.)

Maybe the reason I’m surrounded by it is to build up my compassion.

My pain is to help another’s peace of mind. To give them comfort. And more importantly, a way to praise God and seek His comfort.

​For it could always be worse. I have the use of my legs, although they are in constant pain, others are missing theirs. ​I can take pain medicine to manage my pain, but some people cannot afford theirs.

​Whatever my situation, someone out there has it worse and needs to know the Healer, Jehova Rapha, is there for them.

​So for now, I am adopting a Scripture to keep my focus where it belongs, on God. Today I chose to hold dear the words of Psalm 103:1, “Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless His holy name” (KJV).

Be blessed and hold on to the promises of Our Healer.

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