Chronic Illness

Please note:  There will be no meeting on Wednesday, March 9, 2016 due to the Parish Mission being held in the Church.

Our support ministry is for those experiencing chronic illness, cancer, or long term medical conditions from both visible or invisible illnesses.  Come share with others your experiences, talk about the frustrations you are feeling, chat about some treatments you have tried that worked/didn’t work, and add your own prayer requests. Discuss how your faith sustains you in your suffering.  We meet monthly on the 2nd Wednesday of the month in Our Lady’s Room at 7:30 p.m.

Have you ever considered your illness your work?

by Bronlynn Spindler

“See to it that you complete the work you have received in the Lord” (Colossians 4:17).

Typically one of the first questions people ask someone they have recently met is, “what kind of work do you do?” In our society we are identified by what we do, and it’s easy for much of our self-worth to come from our work.

Pain or illness may prevent us from having a full or even part-time job, but have you ever thought of our diseases as the work God has given us?

The job of handling chronic pain and illness is a challenging one.

We work 24/7, 365 days a year. We have no vacation time. Our co-workers may or may not understand our issues, so human relations can be difficult. We may be more sleep-deprived from pain than those who commute long hours to their jobs. And a promotion to something better in this life may not come.

There is no doubt about it–managing pain and illness is hard work. But this work is something we have received from God, and we are to complete it.

Our boss is the most faithful, forgiving, loving, and compassionate ‘being’ in the universe, and this job is conforming us more into His likeness. Our work provides unique opportunities to share our faith that we would not have in other situations. Our current paycheck may not be the greatest, but the retirement plan is phenomenal.

We don’t have to feel inferior to those who have “regular” jobs. Living with pain and illness is a full-time job.

We work hard trying to manage our health issues and maintain our faith and testimony through them. This God-given work matters.

We are valuable employees of the kingdom of heaven. So let’s complete the work well. Our promotion will be worth it.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I must confess that oftentimes I don’t want this job of a living a pain-filled life. Yet I know You are using it for my good and Your glory. Give me the willingness and diligence to complete this work, knowing that the eternal benefits will more than compensate for the earthly discomforts. Amen.

About the author:
Bronlynn Spindler lives in North Carolina and is blessed to have the support and encouragement of a wonderful husband, three daughters, and their husbands. God’s grace and strength have brought her through thyroid cancer and continue to sustain her through ongoing back pain, depression, headaches, multiple sensitivities, and fibromyalgia. You may view her blog of devotionals at www.aplaceofsprings57.blogspot.com