Dear Hope Family,
Like many of you (I am sorry to say!), I have recently had my life and schedule rearranged by the sickness that is making the first rounds of the cold season. During our Life Group on Sunday night, I felt it coming on strong, without invitation, and by Monday morning I was laid low by a cold. Meetings had to be rescheduled, priorities sidelined, and a week for pushing ahead was resigned to treading water in hopes of not sinking.
In the book, Every Moment Holy, which I have commended several times, there is a wonderful, telling liturgy specifically designed, “For A Sick Day”. It has helped interject some perspective into a week of fighting and losing the battle with a lingering cold. I share a portion of it below for your own use and solace:
“For this brief pause, for this reminder of my own weakness and of my dependence upon you, I thank you, O Lord. A day such as this, in which I endure a measure of sickness or unease, is a reminder that the redemption of all things is not yet complete. It is a reminder that this body will decline and one day fail, and so it is also a reminder that the ways I spend my days matter – for my hours, revealed like veins of gold beneath a rushing stream, are a limited resource to be purposefully mined or forever lost . . . A day such as this is a reminder that good health and vigor are gifts to be consciously and gratefully enjoyed and to be invested while they might, in eternal things. So let me finish this day, O Lord, wiser than I began . . . Raise me again to health with a heightened sense of thankfulness for the unmerited gift of well-being, and also with a greater sense of compassion for those who suffer lingering ailment, disease, or discomfort. Teach me by my own small sufferings to be a better minister and friend to those who suffer greatly . . . So let even the unease I feel today work as your servant, accomplishing your better purposes in me. Amen.”
I am excited about being with you this Sunday and hearing from God’s Word together!
Grace and peace,