Talking about suffering: When we miss our chance to have the conversation

Some days we just can’t find the words in time…

I know I should talk about it,

I want to talk about it,

I planned to talk about it,

I prepared to talk about it…

But I missed my chance.

Am I a failure?

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Prayer, chronic illness & healing (Part 1)

Praying for your chronically ill friend – the pros and cons.

Prayer. Healing. Chronic Illness.

These are tricky topics, and ones I’ve struggled with quite a bit. In these two posts you will find my thoughts… and why prayer has often seemed like a simple ‘wish’ when really it’s more like a magic wand.

Prayer, chronic illness & healing

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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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Jesus prayed, I prayed, and neither of us were answered: How to pray for healing

God healed my sister, but not my mum..

Revised December 2017

I’ve written about prayer in Why we need to make up our minds about prayer and Why we should pray for healing from chronic illness. I’ve asked whether the Bible promises to answer prayer in Why praying for healing is tricky.

Now it’s time to answer the question: what should we pray?

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Why praying for healing is tricky (dealing with ‘troublesome’ Bible passages)

I used to hate passages like these with a hot, furious passion..

Updated December 2017

As I’ve wrestled with the concept of prayer and the reality of chronic illness in my life, I’ve discovered a Big Tricky Question.

I can’t ignore it any longer.

I’ve written about prayer in Why we need to make up our minds about prayer and Why we should pray for healing from chronic illness.

But the Big Tricky Question keeps niggling at me. It’s this:

Not everyone who prays is healed. So what do we do (as Christians and/or as Watchers) with the parts of the Bible that promise immediate healing?

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Why we should pray for healing in chronic illness (& 3 reasons it is so hard)

Prayer is like waving a magic wand… but we are not the ones holding it.

The last post discussed why we need to make up our minds about prayer, even if it seems silly or childish. I said that for me, prayer is often feels like making a wish on a ‘wish chip’ or over a birthday cake. Today, I want to suggest that perhaps prayer is also like waving a magic wand…

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