“Blessed is he who considers the poor! The LORD delivers him in the day of trouble; the LORD protects him and keeps him alive; he is called blessed in the land; you do not give him up to the will of his enemies. The LORD sustains him on his sickbed; in his illness you heal all his infirmities.”
– Ps. 41:1-3 (RSV-2CE)
Hello, dear readers!
I’m happy to be back after having been unable to be on my computer for a week. Thank you for your continued prayers. The infection has largely left me already, thanks to the wonders of antibiotics, and I only need to continue them until Wednesday. I no longer have a fever, and that alone is responsible for much of my returning strength already.
While I’ve got a lot of exciting posts lined up for you, we also need to thank God, the ultimate healer, and that is the subject of today’s post and Weekly Grace.
St. Paul writes in his letter to the Philippians that he can do anything through Christ who strengthens him (4:13), as I wrote in the last post. Truly, it is God who gives true strength and true healing, and only He can do so. Psalm 41 is a prayer asking or giving thanks for recovery (the RSV-2CE calls it “Assurance of God’s Help; and a Plea for Healing”, while the NABRE calls it “Thanksgiving After Sickness”). Medicine is simply His tool to work out said healing, and what wonderful tools they are!
I won’t say I am one who considers the poor, that’s why God delivered me. I don’t know if I’m considerate enough, but then we’re always in a learning process. But it does say that God will reward those who use their time to serve others, one such reward being His healing of the person in their time of need. I have been praying that God heal me and give me true strength so that I can serve Him better, and I am thankful that this healing has been granted me, that I can indeed be restored to a tip-top condition for servanthood in Christ.