Recently I sensed God leading me to start a new group (using Facebook) for people who live with health issues. I just set it up a few days ago, and we have a little under 30 members so far. I am not concerned about numbers, except God put it on my heart to create a safe place where people could be honest about their struggles and encourage and strengthen one another.
It’s a joy to interact with these men and women who live with significant challenges each day, and yet they persevere. I’ve known some of them for years, while others I am just getting to know. In our midst are some talented writers, grandparents, parents, people struggling to continue working, and those who are retired or no longer in the work force. We range from the west coast of the US to Florida so far. We have many different health conditions among us, too. I love hearing each person’s story as they open up, and I enjoy watching them minister to each other. Sometimes the comfort they share with one another has come from receiving deep help from God. This is just like 2 Corinithians 1:3-4 says:
3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.
Together, we will draw strength from our faith and from one another. We’ll grow and deepen our connections as we share our hearts and lives transparently. The group is called: