In poor health, God can sustain us
Q: I have been diagnosed with cancer. I have tried to always encourage others facing this dreadful disease but now my own words don’t seem to be sufficient for me. It makes me feel selfish but also insincere. — C.F.
A: For those who have enjoyed good health most of their lives this is not unusual. One of the many lessons learned through health crises is how better to help others going through similar valleys of despair. That is why it is always wise to be a good listener when others are suffering. There isn’t
much that can be said to those who are hurting and we should ask God for wisdom — when to be silent and when to speak. Often it is not the words we say as much as encouraging others with our presence.
The Bible reminds us that there is a time for everything — a time to be born and a time to die (Ecclesiastes 3). So many testimonials speak of how God spoke to them in sickness and their personal faith in Him grew stronger.