How this blog came to be

CALLED TO WATCH is the result of 3 convictions:

1. Everything is important.

There is no part of life which does not deserve to be spoken about. There is a purpose to all things, and nothing is wasted.

2. God is the answer to all things.

Even chronic sickness. Even suffering. Not only is He the answer to the big questions like “Why do bad things happen to good people?” but to the little ones as well, like “What happens when I simply run out of sympathy?” or “When is it alright to be pessimistic?”

The Bible, His Word, must hold the answer to these questions.

3. We were made for community. 

No one is supposed to suffer alone, and we draw immeasurable comfort in sharing our thoughts and knowing that others experience life in similar ways.


What this blog is not:

This is not a blog about a specific illness. It doesn’t focus on chronic fatigue or diabetes or lupus.

This is not a blog giving tips on how to love people who are sick. This blog assumes you already love them; assumes they are your mother, father, sister, brother, uncle, aunt, daughter, fiancé, husband, wife, son, grandfather, friend or neighbour.

This is not a blog of devotions, ‘encouragements’ or ‘inspirations’. It’s not a place of anecdotes or images of flowers superimposed with Bible verses.

This is not exactly a personal blog. It’s not meant to represent the story of one person, but rather the journeys of all of us who Watch.

This is not a blog trying to sell an e-course or an ebook. I’m not trying to promote a certain herbal tea or endorse a particular program.

What this blog is:

This blog delves deeply into the question of how chronic illness, whether mental  or physical, impacts the lives of those who don’t have it. It looks at what life is like for those of us who must stand by and Watch people we love suffer.

This is a blog of encouragement. Because perhaps we are called to Watch, but we have not been called to Watch alone. It isn’t a blog with all the answers.

It’s written by a fallible person, grappling with what it means to trust in an infallible God when life is full of tears and agony and repeated disappointments.

Welcome, friends.


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Author: Emily J. M.

Hi, I'm Emily. Two of my closest family members struggle with chronic illness, and I watch them. That's hard, and so I write about life as a 'Watcher', what it looks like to support them and find Hope.

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