In poor health, God can sus­tain us

Chattanooga Times Free Press - - PUZZLES & FUNNIES - From the writ­ings of the Rev. Billy Gra­ham

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.

Billy Gra­ham

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