"Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase"

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

How Long? How Much?

As I read a post from the Facebook Stomach Cancer Group we follow, I reminded of the beginning of our journey. I could feel the heartache and desperation in her words. She wanted to ask the oncologist "How long does my Mom have to live?" and "How much chemo will she have to go through?" and all of her questions used to be my questions. Looking back 6 years ago we have learned to appreciate each day. We have learned there are not always easy answers and at everyone's journey is different. You take one day at a time and do the best you can with a positive attitude and grateful heart to survive each day.

Some people may find peace and comfort in the believe that it's all in God's hands. Some people may find hope knowing they will see their loved ones again under better conditions being heaven or a paradise earth. Sickness and death were never God's plan; yet we have to endure the trials and troubles each day brings until a real change comes our way. Leaving you with a Sunday thought:

The Bible’s answer
Yes. God cares about his servants who are sick. Regarding a faithful servant, the Bible says: “Jehovah himself will sustain him upon a divan of illness.” (Psalm 41:3) If you are living with chronic illness, the following three steps can help you to cope:

Pray for strength to endure. You can receive “the peace of God that excels all thought,” which can reduce your anxiety and sustain you.—Philippians 4:6, 7.

Be positive. The Bible says: “Being cheerful keeps you healthy. It is slow death to be gloomy all the time.” (Proverbs 17:22, Good News Translation) Cultivate your sense of humor, since this not only can lighten dark times but also can benefit your health.

Build your hope in the future. A sound hope can help you have joy despite chronic ailments. (Romans 12:12) The Bible foretells a time when “no resident will say: ‘I am sick.’” (Isaiah 33:24) God will then cure chronic illnesses that are beyond the power of modern science to solve. For example, the Bible describes the reversal of the aging process this way: “Let his flesh become fresher than in youth; let him return to the days of his youthful vigor.”—Job 33:25.