And You Shall Call Him Father "'I will be a Father to you, and you will be My sons and daughters,' says the LORD Almighty." (2 Corinthians 6:18 NIV) Living with chronic illness and pain can be so mechanical at times. Doctor's appointments, medications, support and help from our care-givers, family members and friends.... sometimes it seems like a never ending cycle as we seek for solace, comfort and understanding. "I am not asking for much," you may say, "just for someone to listen to and to be compassionate to me." Unfortunately we live in a society where the hustle and bustle of daily life of others comes first and to acknowledge the fact that one's own mortality may involve chronic illness and pain is too much for some to endure. That's when the phrase, "But oh, you look so good, "comes into play! When this happens, I want to scream, "Thank you, but if you only knew! So much of my life has been taken away from me, yet you say no one would ever know!" Not that I want the world to know I am suffering, but a simple acknowledgment from a kind friend can and does make all the difference. What do you do when others treat you as such? Do you run away and hide? Do you bury your anger inside as you say thank you? How do you cope with your desire for understanding? For me, I cry a bit and bring my feelings to God. The LORD God has said, "'I will be a Father to you and you will be My sons and daughters.'"(2 Corinthians 6:18 NIV) God is kind and compassionate. His love is unconditional and His wisdom knows no bounds. When you are scared or no not what to do, run to Him, dear child and keep these words in your heart. "'....I have chosen you and not rejected you. So do not fear for I am with you; do not be dismayed for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with My righteous right hand." (Isaiah 41:10 NIV) God is your Father. Run to Him. He is waiting for you with open arms. ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Kay Decarlo, devotional coordinator for Rest Ministries lives with her husband and two sweet fur-children, (dogs) Daphne and Alice in Connecticut. As a survivor of Hodgkin's Disease, Congestive Heart Failure and other life traumas, Kay now struggles with Dilated Cardiomyopathy, Bipolar Disorder, Depression and Panic Disorder. It has been Kay's strong faith in God that has helped her endure the many struggles she has faced. She prays to inspire others as she shares her "Hope of all hopes." ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~* Compliments of Rest Ministries, serving people Who live with chronic illness or pain. Rest Ministries, Inc.