Psalm 145:8-9 - The LORD is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love. The LORD is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made.
There it is again. Guilt. Yes, guilt. Guilt we feel because our chronic pain or illness causes us to no longer be able to do what we used to do. And, someone else has to pick up the slack. They have to do extra chores or even show up to family gatherings without us. Out comes the measuring spoon, no, out comes the soup ladle as I’m covered with a cloak of shame and guilt. Have you been there? If so then you know what I’m talking about. So what’s a person to do? We love our family and friends. Our hearts break to let people down. Thankfully God does not hold it against us when we must turn down an invitation to attend an event. If we ask him, he is quick to show us what we can and cannot do. He will never judge us. And we can ask God to help us cut ourselves some slack. But even if others don’t give us grace, God can help us drop that cloak of shame and guilt, and pick up his robe of compassion.
Karen Dalske is a freelance writer, public speaker, is active in her church and writes her blogs out of her own experiences of pain, illness and loss.