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.
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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.
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!
We are all disabled. We are all weak in different ways.
We are all occasionally lazy, occasionally heroic. We are all needy, and rely on the kindness of others to survive.
We don’t just need spouses who love well, though we certainly need those. The world needs churches who love—in sickness and in health.
Jesus ignores the world’s popularity lists. It means he welcomes all who society rejects. The doors to his kingdom are flung open to the sick, the sad, the uneducated, and un-pretty; to the picked on, the beaten up, the socially awkward, and homeless; to pushers, dealers, con artists, killers; to the addicted, or emotionally unstable; to you and to me.
The subtitle for this piece could be ‘Why I think it would be awesome if I led a Harvest Festival assembly where I lit a cigarette and made all the children cry’.
Offers of prayer and alternative medicine come with two big assumptions: that I can be changed (which, outside of a miracle, is unlikely to happen) and that I need to be un-disabled to be okay.