July 8th, 2005


New Member
Into your hand I commit my spirit; you have redeemed me, O LORD, faithful God.

-Psalm 31:5 (NRSV)

SEVERAL years ago I was diagnosed with a serious illness. Since then, I have not been able to do many of the things I did in the past. I have to live with the illness; there is no known cure, only treatment. But with prescribed medication, my life is almost normal.

On many occasions, I have railed against God because of my misfortune; I have asked, "Why me?"

About five years after I was diagnosed, I took a turn for the worse. My doctor immediately hospitalized me. This hospitalization was very difficult for me emotionally, but in the midst of my struggle I realized that God was not at fault for my situation. On the contrary, God was giving me strength to go through the latest challenge and to live a full life in spite of my illness. I improved and was able to return home.

I learned that God provides what we need to work through our challenges and the strength to forge ahead.

Marcela Matilde Meza Lizama (Santiago, Chile)
Dear God, give us faith to remember that you protect and bless us always, guiding our steps on the path to righteousness. Amen.