Daily Bread January 05

Healing Happens in Stillness
Anna Sackey of Bethel, CT, USA

For the mountains shall depart and the hills be removed; but my kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of my peace be removed, saith the Lord that hath mercy on thee. -3 Nephi 10:18

For the past five years, I’ve struggled with a chronic and debilitating illness-countless doctors, too many hospital stays, and a two-page-long medication list, including regular infusions and injections. I have more specialists than some people have friends. I’ve had brushes with death and lots of unknowns. I’ve had a lot of scares. I had to stop working my dream job so I’d have a better chance of getting better. My body has been broken.

We all struggle with illness at some point in our lives. It’s inevitable. And eventually, all our bodies will give way. But even when our bodies may be broken, it doesn’t mean our spirits are as well. The two don’t have to go hand in hand.

My greatest spiritual healings in life have occurred when my body is the most broken. In my life, I’ve gone through many valleys of physical illnesses, but it’s in those valleys that I have found God and built my faith. Sometimes it takes a part of us becoming broken to give ourselves permission to slow down and mend. Healing happens in stillness. Peace comes in rest. And wholeness comes in peace. True appreciation and gratitude come with a peaceful heart.

So am I thankful for my illness? I wouldn’t say that. I’ve seen how much it has hurt the ones I love. I will say I’m thankful for the lessons I’ve learned on the journey, for the strength I’ve gained by putting my trust in God, for the peace I’ve found in solitude, and for the solid rock of faith. I’ve learned to plant my feet on that rock of faith that does not waver, no matter what waves may come.

We don’t always know the outcome of our illness or of our problems in life. But sometimes it’s what happens during the journey that counts.

Prayer Phrase

“Light dawns on a weary world.” CCS 240

Spiritual Practice

The Light of God

Epiphany invites us to focus on the light of God. Close your eyes and draw your attention to your breath. As you breathe gently in and out, reflect on the statement, “The light of God is in all things.” The light has a bright, soft beauty and radiates God’s healing love. The light of God reaches you and permeates you with a deep sense of peace. Rest in the light as it surrounds and fills you. Thank God that you live in God’s light and it lives in you.

Today’s Prayer for Peace

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