Is Anyone Sick?

I have been reading from the letter of James, specifically James 5:14-16 and thinking about its ramifications for me, as a person with an illness. James writes: Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. […]

Joy Comes in the Morning

I have always loved the line in Psalm 30: “weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.” (v5b KJV) This particular verse has brought me much comfort, and also caused me some conflict. I have experienced plenty of weeping when depression has brought me low, and for me it is generally […]

The Power of a Good Story

We have all seen them, the stories of those who have suffered and won. Disabled people face two “stories” about themselves – the disabled person as scrounger, as the faker who is in it for the benefits and not really disabled/ill (which has become increasingly the story of choice for the government/media) and the disabled […]

Rest and Our Souls

Resting, both with sleep and with relaxing while awake, is important for our mental health. Mental ill-health can make us wide-awake when we desperately wish not to be, may be triggered by overwork and a lack of rest, and may lead us to be constantly exhausted. Rest also has a spiritual purpose, rest for our […]

Healing in the Evening

At even when the sun was set The sick, O Lord, around thee lay; O in what divers pains they met! O with what joy they went away! Once more ’tis eventide, and we Oppressed with various ills draw near; What if thy form we cannot see? We know and feel that thou art here. […]

Review: “Does God Want Me Well?”

“Does God Want Me Well?” is part of the Discovery Series Bible Study published by Discovery House Publishers in Grand Rapids, Michigan in 2002. I picked it up at a Christian bookshop, and it is now amazingly cheap on Amazon as I suspect it is out of print! Never mind, I’ll review it anyway as […]

Review: “Does God Heal Today” – Nicky Gumbel

This booklet is apparently taken from the “Questions of Life” book, also by Nicky Gumbel. For those who have not heard of him, Nicky Gumbel is Vicar of Holy Trinity Brompton, an Anglican church in the UK. He is also behind the Alpha Course which has been so popular in many denominations and this booklet is […]

Can God Heal?

Rather late-night post here but I saw an article in the Daily Mail that I couldn’t ignore! My hand was healed by God says Tory MP after advertising watchdog condemns leaflets claiming religion can cure Read more: Daily Mail Article This is the news that Gary Streeter, a Conservative MP has spoken out after the Advertising […]