Q: I found Chapter 9, bring them to me, the most difficult chapter
to read because it confronts the question of suffering and the sovereignty of
God, and why God heals some people, but not others. I appreciate your dialogue
on this difficult subject. Do you think you’ve made peace with this question?
A: The peace with this subject comes and goes. Just when you
think you have come to terms with the suffering, the brokenness, the ugliness
that happens in this world, another situation or circumstance comes along that
takes your breath away. That’s when I have to run back to God once again
reminded that many of the things I see and encounter are beyond my ability to
handle them. In those moments, I find God echoing, “Bring them to Me.” And I am
Q: In Chapter 10, you are not alone, you mention how you
recognized your need to share about your physical struggles and to receive
prayer from friends, rather than hiding what you were going through. Can you
share any further insights about how being in community helps heal our souls?
A: We need each other so much. And I think that’s something
that I am still on the beginning of the journey of discovering. Sometimes I
want all the healing, all the wholeness in my life to come from God in some
mystical way, but the truth is that God uses all of His children to bring
healing and wholeness. Kind words of a friend, encouraging notes, the love a
husband change me in ways I still cannot express.