...I am blessed follows on from an article about choosing life when you feel you are facing death.
When we live with illness, it is easy to lose self worth. We may think thoughts like...
Whenever, I find myself thinking such thoughts of low self worth, I am willing to switch to saying the following wonderful short blessing prayer:
This was a promise to Abraham from God.
Abraham is the Father of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. He lived so long ago that blood-wise we are probably all related to him.
And if we are not related in blood then we can choose to regard him as our spiritual ancestor.
We can claim his promise for ourselves.
“And I will bless them that bless thee...and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.”
(Genesis 12:3, KJV)
“And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.”
(Galatians 3:29, KJV)
“Therefore sprang there even of one, and him as good as dead, so many
as the stars of the sky in multitude, and as the sand which is by the
sea shore innumerable.”
(Hebrews 11:12, KJV)
I had been disabled with severe Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (aka CFS) for many years before I started saying this prayer. I experienced an increase in self worth.
What if all my words and thoughts are prayers?
What if I "pray without ceasing" whether I realise it or not?
What if, unless I notice and change them, many of my prayers/my words ask for things I do not want?
Do I want to be a nuisance etc?
Or do I want to be a blessing?
Let me ask for what I want.
"So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham."
(Galatians 3:9, KJV Bible)
When I started saying this blessing prayer, I didn't know that I would get better, write books and set up a website.
When living with sickness you may feel that you are just going to get more of the same, but you don't know what the future holds.
I hope this website blesses you. I know it blesses me to write it for you.
I truly believe that wherever you are, if you open your mind to God you are blessed and you are a blessing to the world.
I look back now and I wish I had realised just how important the work of forgiveness was that I was doing. It would have helped to raise my self worth at a time when I needed it.
If this website serves to let you know that you can be a blessing in a time of illness, then I am very happy.
"How am I a blessing when I have an illness?" you may ask.
"How can I increase self worth when living with chronic sickness?"
"I have to keep telling people what my needs are."
"I can't do the things I want to do for someone I love."
You don't need to know how you are or will be a blessing.
The willingness to believe you can be a blessing opens a door to allow God to work in you and through you.
How do we ever know what is best for those around us or how things will turn out?
It has become clear to me that whether people are blessed or feel cursed by my living with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis depends largely on their attitude.
Many have said they are inspired by my faith, my willingness to keep positive etc.
Some use my situation to reassess what is important in their own lives.
Some grow through being willing to love me and accept the illness.
Some people saw my illness - when it was too severe to be avoidable - as an example of the unfairness of life. They hated being around it.
Some felt burdened by the sickness or simply ran away so they didn't have to witness it.
Many complained at the complications and needs of the illness. They felt sorry for themselves.
Some denied the illness. (opens a window on a website on living well with illness)
As we say:
I am blessed and a blessing, we allow God access to see that more and more people are blessed by us and through us.
Both in a time of illness of a time of health we can be a blessing. Why? Because we can always be a channel for God.
Since you are here, let me say to YOU:
If you don't feel this is true, it is a sure sign that it is time to keep saying it. :-)
Let your words call in a new world.
You are helping.