’Lament’ sounds very spiritual and dignified. What it looks like in practice is ugly-crying in your front garden while the sun sets.
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Listen here for the replay of my LIVE interview with radio UCB 2’s Ruth O’Reilly – talking for 35 minutes on Myalgic Encephalomyelitis and why what helps chronic illness sufferers is counter-intuitive to most Christians.
The origin of the word ‘provide’ gives us a different perspective on the word – before-seeing, or foresight. The God who provides is the God who sees ahead. We couldn’t anticipate our circumstances, nor what we would need. Alongside our scrabbling around to get the help we needed, we also found unexpected supplies to help us on the way.
I started to wonder: can we reframe our experiences in the wilderness? Rather than being a curse, what if spiritual wilderness is a strange blessing?
It’s not a battle: it’s losing your foothold and swirling beneath the waves. You cannot overcome when the hard times come; you are overcome.
This is our reality. But it is not the only story.
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.