So often as Christians we want to run in with a cure – for sick people, and the world at large – but we are called to the slower work of healing.
Healing prayer can be really hard emotionally for those with chronic illness receiving prayer.
Why? When the healing doesn’t happen we want someone to blame.
Speak, when all you want to do is close your eyes and hope it goes away.
Conversely, hand your beloved microphone to someone who wasn’t invited to the front.
For those who can’t access a YouTube video with subtitles, here is the transcript of my New Wine Interview in all its impromptu glory. I SWEAR it comes across much better when I say it than when it’s written down, honest…
My interview for New Wine Conference, where I spoke to 2000 people. In just 12 minutes of video I tell my story, talk about how chronic illness impacts your faith, and what helps to survive when God doesn’t answer your prayers.
God, dwelling with God’s people, shared their desire to dwell somewhere more permanent, safe, and beautiful than just a tent in the wilderness. We have a God-given longing for a ‘spacious place’.
We mark the day 8 August, because it was Sophia Mirza’s birthday, who died after being forcibly institutionalised by psychiatrists who didn’t believe she was ill. Sadly, this still happens today to adults and children in the UK. We need change.
But on this day here are five good things that are encouraging me:
We’ve all said the wrong thing at some point or another…
I put out a question on Facebook about what churches should and shouldn’t do for people with ME – and got almost 100 responses. Some of the stories made me weep – Christians with ME not finding a safe place in churches because leaders believed they were faking their illness for attention. I wanted to represent those answers, along with the facts of ME, in this article for Premier Christianity – but it was a challenge in 800 words!