Sickness and Jesus’ response

We can talk on and on about how we ought to respond to our chronically sick Loved Ones. We can outline what the Right Thing to do is, or make lists of What Not To Do. But in the end, if we claim Jesus as our Saviour and role model, the only thing that really matters is how He responded.

Like father, like son.

Like Saviour, like saved.

Being a Christian is copying Jesus.

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Can Jesus really sympathise?

“Jesus knows what you’re going through.”

The Bible tells us that Jesus as a High Priest can sympathise with all of our sufferings. That He knows what it is to be human.

I have often rebelled against that. Was Mary sick with an incurable disease? Was Joseph? Did one of Jesus’ brothers or sisters suffer from epilepsy or depression or MS? If not, then how can He possibly know what it’s like to be a Watcher? How can He possibly sympathise with me?



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4 reasons admitting we are sad is not that easy

Sadness… it seems so simple, so appropriate – but is it really?

Updated October 2017

It seems a bit silly to even have to say this, but when a Loved One is diagnosed with a chronic illness, it can make us feel sad.

It sounds ridiculous. Of course when someone is sick it is going to make us sad. But I genuinely believe it’s not that simple. At least it wasn’t for me. I actually found it quite difficult to respond to:

‘How are you?’

With, ‘Sad.’

It didn’t seem like an appropriate answer somehow. Here’s why.

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Why praying for healing is tricky

(or, a Watcher’s look at ‘troublesome’ Bible passages)

This post is the 3rd in a series on prayer. Post 1 dealt with the fact that we all like the idea of prayer, and yet are somewhat ashamed about putting it into practice. Post 2 examined the fact that prayer is important and non-negotiable because it’s about God and not ourselves, yet practically it is going to be difficult.

The big tricky question

Of course, the question that’s burbling beneath all of this discussion has yet to be answered.

Hint. The question is not: Will God miraculously heal my Loved One if I pray for healing?


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Why prayer is sort of like a magic wand

This post is the second in a series on prayer and Watching. In the previous post we discovered that prayer is desirable in theory yet hard to practice –but if the Bible is true it must be taken seriously.

Prayer and God

When we look at prayer and our responses to prayer for healing, it is easy to lose sight of the reality that prayer is not actually about ourselves. Prayer is about God.

Don’t get me wrong, many good-intentioned people have said that prayer changes us and that is undoubtedly true. But in the end, all things (… the weather, our appetites, the time of day) change us.

Why then do we pray? After all, prayer doesn’t always lead to healing (otherwise we wouldn’t be having this conversation) and it is not the only thing that changes us.


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Why prayer is a problem

This is the first in a series of posts about prayer. Join me in looking at what we like about prayer, what we dislike, and how we should respond!

Prayer and wish chips

When I was little I used to search the chip packet for wish chips. Chips in general were rare, and those double folded chips were even rarer. When you ate them you were meant to make a wish. Like wish bones in chickens and blowing out birthday candles.

I still don’t know where I got the idea from.

Nevertheless, without fail I would make a wish each time I crunched a wish chip. I wished for the same thing every time.

I wished for my mum to be healed.

Now even if you had asked me then, I would have said I didn’t really believe in wishes… but I couldn’t not try. Not if there was the faintest chance my wish would come true.

For a lot of us (even if it’s subconsciously) we think the same thing about praying for healing.

We can’t not try.

As I got older I begun to feel that ‘wishing’ was wrong, but superstitiously couldn’t stop, and so instead began to pray each time I crunched a wish chip. It was the same prayer every time.

I prayed for my mum to be healed.

It’s a prayer and a wish that has not yet been answered in any shape or form.


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