Anna and Charley share something of their story of long term sickness and how God has helped us to sing his praises through it all.
We talk about how suffering has deepened our Christian life by;
Pointing us to the gospel, softening our hearts and humbling us, testing our faith, growing in patience and dependency on God.
How we can support others in suffering, role of church family and walking alongside others.
We also reviewed a few resources to help us in this. Including;
Dale Ralph Davies books on the Psalms, 'The way of the Righteous in the Muck of Life', 'Slogging along in the paths of righteousness' and 'In the Presence of mine Enemies'
Matt Searles 'Tumbling Sky; Psalm devotion for Weary Souls'
Nancy Guthrie 'I'm Praying for you'
Songs; Laura Story 'Blessing', Stuart Townend, 'There is a Hope'
Verses for this episode;
1 Peter 1: 6-7
6 In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. 7 These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.
He will cover you with his feathers,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.