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I have a lot of family and friends that are dealing with illness themselves, or illnesses of those they love. Some of the loved ones have had tests come back, with news that is not very encouraging. Some of them are having to learn to live with a chronic condition, others know they are dying. Friends and family members are having to learn about scary medical terms, and medical diagnoses that they can’t really get their mind around. Scared. Angry. Sad. Confused. Accepting. Forgiving. Frightened. Heartbroken. Encouraged.
Many times people ask ,”why”? Why me? Why my husband? Why my wife? Why my child? Why cancer? Or an incurable heart disease? Or Alzheimer’s? Or Cystic Fibrosis? Or a myriad number of other medical conditions that change the lives of the ones that have them, as well as those that love them.
Why is a huge question. If I had the answer to that, I would be a much sought after woman. Sometimes I blog about funny things, or controversial things, and sometimes I blog about things that make others sad. Sometimes I just feel led to blog about a certain thing, something that is on my heart. But, I don’t have the answer to, why.
I have mentioned in previous blog entries that my husband and I co-facilitate a GriefShare group. The group is for those that have lost someone close to them. This last group meeting was about the question, why. I learned some new things last week, or at least was reminded of them. I want to share some things with you. I never know who is touched by what I have to say, or whether the things I mention help anyone….but, if I say even one thing that does answer a question, touches a heart, turns a soul toward God, or gives some reassurance…then it is worth it.
1. We are all terminal patients in this life.
2. Everyone is going to die…it’s just that most of us aren’t forced to think about it.
3. “When you ask ‘why’, you are in essence validating your own humanness and realizing you are not in control.” —Dr. Tim Clinton
4. There are questions that we have in this life, that will not be answered this side of Heaven.
5. My finite mind cannot understand an infinite God. If I could understand all His reasons,could understand why He allows the things He does, that would make Him a very small god.
6. Knowing ‘why’ wouldn’t make the hurt any less.
7. God reveals enough.
8. Attitude might not change your circumstances, but it does change YOU.
9. We are each on a journey. Some journeys are longer than others. Some have more struggles than others.
10. Everyone is going through something. Sometimes others can see it. Sometimes not.
11. Life is like a tapestry. God can see the beautiful story that he is stitching together from His perspective in Heaven. Down here on earth we can only see the “ugly” side of the tapestry. We see the knots and strings, the stops and starts, the new threads…on the underside of the tapestry. It doesn’t make sense to us…because we can’t see how we each fit into the picture. But God knows. He knows what He is doing.
12. It is good to feel a part of something bigger than yourself.
13. Illness and death are scary for everyone involved.
14. Being scared or angry is normal.
15. You don’t have to stay scared and angry.
16. It is a choice.
17. I wish I could hug everyone that is in pain.
18. And cry with them.
19. Tears are cleansing.
20. Jesus loves us. He understands grief. When His friend Lazarus died, the Bible tells us that Jesus wept.
21. Jesus understands pain.
22. His love caused Him to lay down His own life for us.
23. He loves each of us that much.
24. Pain is not because God hates you.
25. He has not forgotten you.