This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby (John 11:4)~ One of the hardest trials for any of us to endure is our own sickness! It is no new thing for those whom Christ loves, to be sick; bodily ailments correct the corruption, and try the graces of God’s people. The more severe the illness the deeper our own focus on faith and perspective of our being. While we enjoy His favor it can be hard to imagine that we’d be in this place! But reality sets in and reminds us that contrary to what might seem ideal, He came not to preserve us from these afflictions, but to save us from our sins, and from their promised wrath. Yet and still however, it behooves us to apply to Him on behalf of our friends and relatives when sick and afflicted. Let this reconcile us to the darkest dealings of Providence, that they are all for the glory of God: sickness, loss, disappointment, are so; and if God be glorified, we ought to be satisfied. God has gracious intentions, even when He seems to delay us the work of deliverance, temporal or spiritual, public or personal; it does not deny us but stays for the right time! What you’re going through is not what you’re going to and it will not be the end of you. As you wait on the Lord may your strength be renewed while in patient expectations. Remember, though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. (2 Cor 4:16).