When it hurts…

There are days when it just hurts. You get bad news and once the shock subsides the pain is raw. 

Yesterday was one of those days for me. Finding out my little brother was diagnosed with lupus, an autoimmune disease that will make the rest of his life more difficult and painful, hurts like crazy.

Next week, he turns 25.

l couldn’t help but think is that’s so young to be faced with a chronic illness (well, actually another chronic illness). Perhaps that is unfair of me, but it is the truth.

Yesterday, I fluctuated between “Why?” “This isn’t fair,” and just wanting to cry. I know there are treatments. I also know that God is still in control and He is still good.

But my heart still aches.

4 thoughts on “When it hurts…

  1. Praise God that in his mercy he gives us these glimpses into the reality of the world in which we live. A fallen, pain-filled, broken, hurting and sinful world. Contrary to Joel Osteen, this is not our best life now. It is well if we know that, painful as it is. It is very well to know this when you are young, painful though it may be. Because otherwise, we might just settle down here thinking let us ‘eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow we die.’ Like the rich man in Jesus Christ’s parable that said to himself, “You have plenty of goods stored up for many years; relax, eat, drink, celebrate!”’
    But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded back from you, but who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’ So it is with the one who stores up riches for himself, but is not rich toward God.” Luke 12:19-21

    I pray that your brother has put his eternal hope in Jesus Christ, not in this world, not in his health, his youth, etc. For the world is passing away and the lust thereof, but the man who does the will of God lives forever! Amen.

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