Watching long-distance, we must regularly, intentionally and actively confront ourselves with their suffering, choosing to see their pain.
Posts by Emily J. Maurits
Emily J. Maurits
Chronic Joy® Contributing Writer
After working for several years in the public health sector, Emily is now studying theology. She believes we are all called to love suffering people, because that's what Jesus did. She is passionate about equipping and encouraging others to do just that, and founded www.calledtowatch.com for the family and friends of those with chronic illnesses. As well as uncovering God's presence in the chaos of life, she enjoys reading, running, and writing. Check out her memoir, Two Sisters & a Brain Tumour.
Long-distance watching changes the paradigm — we cannot physically help our loved one anymore. Yet we can still be a blessing.
So how do we live through disaster well? We take our terrifying anxieties and our aching sorrows in both hands and we look heavenward. We choose to let despair draw us to Jesus, rather than away.
Chronic illness is so entangled with my deepest hopes and fears, I’m not even sure I want to talk about it, & being prayed for can feel scary and invasive.