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Topic: TEACH (11/29/18)
TITLE: We Are Missing
By Laurie Glass
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We try to educate about the effects of chronic illness. We try to explain that simple things like taking a shower, sitting up to eat a meal, or engaging in conversation can wear us out as much as if you were to chop wood all day, run for miles, or stay awake for 24 hours.
We want you to know that we are not faking it nor are we seeking attention. We are neither weak nor lazy. We are sick, in pain, exhausted, and trying to find our ways in bodies that can’t keep up and in a world where it’s hard to find our places.
Please know that we are not stricken because God is judging us for sin in our lives. We are not afflicted because we don’t have enough faith for God to heal us. Truth be told, we may not know why we are ill, but we endeavor to trust God with our unanswered questions.
We may never get better or attend church regularly again. You may not see us. However, we are not missing from the eyes of God, his loving touch, or his purpose for our lives. We need him, and we need you. Not only that, but you need us. You might be surprised at what you can learn from us or how we can still minister to you. Many of us need opportunities to serve from our homes and our hearts.
We may not be where you are, but we are not invisible, so please don’t let us be forgotten. We still need connection, fellowship, and purpose. Even though we’re missing from church sanctuaries, please don’t let us be missing from your hearts. Together, may we find ways to minister to each other just as we are called to do in the body of Christ.
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