Fellowship of Heretics Daily Devotional: October 21, 2016 — I was sick, and you cared for me



Compiled by Mercy Junction Justice and Peace Center Council Member Sadie Morgan

“Affliction brings out graces that cannot be seen in a time of health.
It is the treading of the grapes that brings out the sweet juices of the vine;
so it is affliction that draws forth submission, weans us from the world, and
complete rest in God. Use afflictions while you have them.”
— Robert Murray McCheyne (minister in the Church of Scotland from 1835 to 1843)

Speaking from my own experience, and the observation of others, it seems the most natural thing in the world, in the face of some chronic illness, to ask the Universe, “WHY?” We imagine we are being punished, or tested, or something to make sense of our suffering. Although there is some debate over whether an actual illness was being discussed, it seems that even the apostle Paul had some affliction of which he was not relieved (Galatians 4:12-14 and 2Corinthians 12:7-9). Paul says the only answer to his prayers was, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is perfected in weakness.”

Back to the here and now, in my life and yours, sometimes we find ourselves simply stuck in a situation or condition we wish were otherwise. We have choices, even in this kind of dilemma. Do we sit, isolate, and feel sorry for ourselves? Do we carry on and make sure everyone knows constantly how much we are suffering, to gain their pity? Do we try to hide it and act like everything is fine when its not? Or do we work to adapt to our reality and make the most of whatever we are able to do? I have to confess, I’ve tried all of those approaches, and by far, the last one is the best.

Today’s Action: If you are facing an illness or other situation that seems beyond your ability to improve or change, ask yourself what abilities you do still retain, and how you might use them in service to others.

Today’s Sharing: Did you have any new insight into abilities you have that you might not have thought about before? Share your stories on our Facebook page at facebook.com/holyhereticzine

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