Being diagnosed with a serious illness tends to affect not only our physical health, but all aspects of our life. Our appearance, speech, mobility or stamina sometimes changes, along with how we see ourselves and how others see and treat us. Illness makes us different: different than the people around us, different than we once were, and often much different than we wish we could be.
Worst of all, when we or someone whom we love is struggling with illness, we are faced with the fact that we are powerless over it. It is scary to be vulnerable, especially in a society focused on getting ahead and keeping it all together, or at least keeping up the appearance that we do.
Jesus already knows the whole truth about us. We can lay our needs at Jesus’ feet and admit our brokenness to him. We can talk to Jesus when we feel insecure about who we are and who we wish we were. We can confess our sins to Jesus with the confidence that they do not separate us from the love of God.
Great Physician, our own power cannot save us. Heal our hurts and restore us to wholeness, free to rejoin life in community with others. Amen. — KLS