“Save me, O God; for the waters have poured into my soul. I sink in the deep mire, where there is no standing; I am in the deep waters, where the floods cover me. I am weary of my crying; my throat is dried; my eyes fail as I wait for God…Come close to me and deliver me.”
Our Lord Jesus Christ was never too busy to spend time with the sick and those afflicted with pain. Countless multitudes over the centuries have known His mercy and the comfort of His presence in times of illness.
He sustains us in moments of desperation and discouragement, when the debilitating effects of illness or pain seem too much to bear.
The peace of His presence can turn us outward from self-pity and resentment to trust and reliance on His love.
His hand is seen in the skill of the physician and all those whose efforts support the great work of healing.
His own suffering is a reminder that we are not greater than our Master. Yet, we too can pray that God’s grace may prevail even in our suffering.
As in all things illness may serve as a means by which our faith is purified, our eyes are opened to the blessings that surround us and our hearts confirm that we are held in the firm grip of Him who provides daily for every need.
“May the peace of God that passes all understanding keep you hearts and minds in Christ Jesus our Lord.”