"I have fought the good fight, I have
finished the race, I have kept the faith."
(2 Timothy 4:7 NIV)
Those of us dealing with chronic pain and
illness know that life is not easy. Some
assume that once they become children of God,
their struggles are over. When pain is constant
and pressures of illness continue daily, there
is such a temptation to lose heart and abandon
The Christian life is a battle according to
Paul. There were many times when he struggled
and only through perseverance could he continue.
The same is true for us. Our faith in God is not
proven by beginning the race but by enduring
to the finish. We need to pray constantly that
God will give us the grace to live in such a
way that one day we can say "I have fought the
good fight, I have finished the race, I have
kept the faith".
"Be Thou my Vision, O Lord of my heart;
Nought be all else to me, save that Thou art--
Thou my best thought, by day or by night,
Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light.
High King of heaven, my victory's won
May I reach heaven's joy, O bright heaven's sun!
Heart of my own heart, whatever befall,
Still be my Vision, O Ruler of all."
(Ancient Irish hymn)
Prayer: Heavenly Father, give us grace to keep
the faith even as we suffer pain and illness.
The victory will be won when we spend eternity
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Patricia Armstrong lives in Va. Beach, Va., with
her husband, Richard. She is a retired school
teacher who enjoys church activities, gardening
and reading. Patricia suffers constant pain from
peripheral neuropathy but looks for opportunities
to use her pain to help others who need comfort.
Topic to be announced in tomorrow's devotional
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