Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
My infirmities and diseases, although they inflict my body (and soul) do not belong to me. ‘Cancer’ or ‘diabetes’ or even ‘dyslexia’ are not to be confused with my true identity. As a beloved child of God, when my body or mind are infirm, or a disease takes up residence in my cells, the Father’s true will is that I continue to live beyond the pain, and the frustrations of weaknesses or illnesses. When I bring my infirmities and diseases to Christ Jesus through my own prayers or the prayers of others, or receive the sacrament of the anointing of the sick, the Lord takes them in hand and carries them with, and for, me. My infirmities and disease may or may not be spontaneously healed, but with the inspiration of the Holy Spirit of Jesus, I am given the grace to be able to live abundantly, no matter what infirmities and diseases take up residence in my body. Am I trying to manage my weaknesses and my illnesses alone, or have I truly asked the Lord for help? Christ Jesus, take my infirmities and bear my diseases.
Lord, I am not worthy to have you come under my roof, but only speak the word, and my [soul] shall be healed. (Matthew 8:8)
Sometimes God allows what he hates to accomplish what he loves. Joni Eareckson Tada
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Soli ad gloriam Dei
Beverly Illauq lives in Kemptville, Ontario, where she greets each morning by seeking the Gospel Mystery of the Day - the Word of the Lord for direct and practical application to the specific challenges & joys of the day.