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The God of all Comfort
« on: November 21, 2017, 12:04:03 PM »
'For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised:
And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins.
Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished.
If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.
But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept.
For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.'

(1Cor. 15:16-21) 

Praise God!

A close relative of mine, of 21 years of age, tried to take his own life this week.  Since the age of sixteen he has suffered with a mental illness, which makes him delusional, and it has been exacerbated by severe pain caused by a condition brought on by the very medication designed to control it.

He is a wonderfully funny, warm, loving and kind individual, who is being torn apart by pain and the delusions which warp his thinking and isolate him socially. At a time when his brother and sister have been enjoying life, making friends and gainfully employed, he has been fighting this dreadful illness. The loss of friends and social interaction generally has been crippling to his spirit, and the pain associated with his illness makes it difficult to sustain any activity for very long.

He has faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, but can't understand why God is allowing him to suffer like he is?  The question, 'Why?' is not always on his lips, but when it is, it is borne of anguish and pain, and said with such pitiful intensity.  Yet I have been aware of the Lord's hand upon his life, of His superintendence and intervention, and when he has seen it too, he has rejoiced in it.

I don't know how to pray for him, for God sees the end from the beginning, but I just want the pain to go away, and for him to find peace, security and the fulfilment he longs for.  However, my love for him, is nothing compared to the love and compassion that God has for Him.  I just pray that his faith fail not, and that God's perfect will, will be done, both in and through Him, for His name and Glory's sake.  That his life will bring forth fruit both in himself and in the lives of those with whom he has to do.

I cannot answer the question, 'Why?', but I do know that there is a life to come, in which there is no pain, with joy unspeakable and full of glory.  I want that for him above all else.

In Christ Jesus
Cariad


* Please pray for Andrew


 


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Offline John

Re: The God of all Comfort
« Reply #1 on: November 24, 2017, 08:46:05 AM »
I am sorry to hear of your relatives mental health problems.

I will certainly pray that he will know peace of mind, body and soul.
That those treating him will have the wisedom to determin the best treatment for his mental health problems and particularly the painfull side affects.
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