I sometimes find that ‘encouragement’ feels like lying, especially when it comes to chronic illness.
I want to cheer up my sick family member or struggling friend, but when I search through my “encouragement vocabulary” the gems I unearth are phrases such as:
‘It will get better.’
‘God will heal you.’
‘Good will come of this, just you wait.’
nice and hopeful. They are genuinely designed to lift someone’s mood – but often I find they don’t ring true. sound
How can I tell my loved one ‘it’s alright’ – when it’s clearly, obviously,
How can I promise them ‘it will get better’ or ‘God will heal you’ or ‘good will come’ – when this might not be the case?
Continue reading “7 ways to use words to encourage someone with a chronic illness (without lying)”
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
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.
Every time I crunched a wish chip, I wished for the same thing… read more
If a wizard doesn’t have a wand, we begin to doubt whether he truly is a wizard. If he has one, and doesn’t use it… well that’s just silly! …
Often my prayers for my Mum’s healing seem repetitive.
They exhaust me.
I don’t feel like dragging sickness into my prayer life… read more.
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“You are important to me”
“Thinking of you as you walk this road”
“I am glad you are part of my world”
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‘Don’t restrain me.’
‘Labels are limiting.’
‘We shouldn’t put people in boxes.’
‘Everything is fluid.’
‘Categorizing someone stops them reaching their full potential.’
We don’t like labels.
Talk to anyone who is in tune with the 21
st century about political correctness and common courtesy and phrases like the above will arise.
Yet it has been blatantly obvious from the very beginning that I have fixed a very firm label on myself and others on this blog.
Here are some of them:
Watchers – those in a close relationship with chronically suffering people
Wider Watchers – those who are not in a close relationship with chronic sufferers
Loved Ones – the chronic sufferers themselves
Labels restrain us
Why have I done this?
To be perfectly simple, I wouldn’t be able to write without them. I need to have these definitions in order to muse and blog and think about our specific situation.
First things first, let’s clear the waters and accept the inevitable truth:
Labels (inadvertently or otherwise) do place limits.
Continue reading “Should we use labels?”