Faith, hope, love, God, pain, Prayer, suffering

In good and ill

Many thanks to Corrin Leavey, 
who painted this beautiful artwork,
and allowed me to use it.

In good and ill
I long for you,
And you, Lord,
Long for me.

In good and ill
I seek you, Lord, 
And you, Lord God,
Seek me.

In good and ill
I talk to you,
And you, Lord,
Talk to me.

In good and ill
I love you, Lord,
And you, Lord God,
Love me.



I long for you, O God (Psalm 42:1; NLT).

The Lord longs to be gracious to you (Isaiah 30:18; NIV).

I earnestly seek for God (Isaiah 26:9; NLT).

The Son of Man came to seek […] those who are lost (Luke 19:10; NLT).

Lord, hear me as I pray; pay attention to my groaning (Psalm 5:1; NLT). 

As soon as I pray, you answer me (Psalm 138:3; NLT).

I love you, Lord (Psalm 18:1; NLT).

He loves us with unfailing love (Psalm 117:2; NLT).

Prayer, suffering, life, courage, help, bear, illness, mental, physical,

It’s okay

Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me (Psalm 23:4; KJV).


It’s okay
To be tired.

It’s okay
To be ill.

It’s okay
To be anxious.

It’s okay
To be still.

It’s okay
To be silent.

It’s okay
To feel fear.

It’s okay
To let go now –

It’s okay,
For I am here.

Prayer, prayer, healing, contemplation, oneness, love,

When I’m too ill for joy

Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18; NLT).

Whoever is united with the Lord is one with him in spirit (1 Corinthians 6:17; NIV).



Lord God,

When I’m too ill
For joy,
May I still pray to you;

When I’m too ill
For prayer,
May I still thank you;

And when I’m too ill
For thanks,
May we be one.


Well or ill

Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows (John 16:33; NLT).

Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble? (Job 2:10; NIV).

Shall I not drink from the cup of suffering the Father has given me? (John 18:11; NLT).

May your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven (Matthew 6:10; NLT).


Whether I am well
Or ill,

Please help me to accept
Just how I am –

So your will
May be done.




He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases (Psalm 103:2; NLT).

He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless (Isaiah 40:29; NLT).

She had suffered a great deal for many years (Mark 5:26; NLT).

One of the men lying there had been sick for thirty-eight years (John 5:5; NLT).


Please comfort,
And heal
Those who are new to suffering,
And those who have been ill
For many years.

Through Jesus’ name,



Feeling ill

The eternal God is your refuge, and his everlasting arms are under you (Deuteronomy 33:27; NLT).

But I have calmed and quieted myself, I am like a weaned child with its mother; like a weaned child I am content (Psalm 131:2; NIV).

I’m feeling ill.

If I can’t serve you today,
Please help me to pray for others.

And if I can’t pray for others,
Please help me to seek you in contemplation.

And if I can’t seek you in contemplation,
Please help me to rest quietly in your arms,
Like a little child.

Through Jesus’ name,