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Sunday, October 25, 2015

Suffering Members

I’ve Been Ill
You probably did not notice but I have not written anything in a couple of days.  There is a reason.  I have been dealing with a medical issue which I will not describe but involves, pain and a bad infection.  I have felt drained for two weeks, I was running a temperature, and I thought I had a sinus infection.  When the doctor saw the infection he told me that it was very bad and it was the reason for all of the other symptoms.  He then prescribed pain meds and an antibiotic that one normally takes one per day, but that I was to take two, two times a day.  He said that I may need surgery to get rid of the infection…
Suffering Members
Shut Down
So for the last couple of days I have been pretty much shut down.  First, I have no energy.  Second, what energy I do have leaves in about an hour and a half.

Made Me Think
Working through this brought 1 Corinthians 12:26 to mind.  One member’s pain causes the whole body to suffer.  Why?  My doc said it is a systemic issue.  The systems are so interconnected that a severe infection in one member can shut the body down.

Interconnected Interdependent
That is the picture that Paul is painting in 1 Corinthians 12:1 – 26.  In the Body of Christ we are supposed to be interconnected.  We are supposed to be dependent on one another’s gifts.  When one of us is in pain all are impacted.

Is that your experience?  If not, why?

I will share some thoughts as to why tomorrow.


  1. I will pray with and for you. Pain does a number for sure.

  2. Praying for you, Mike. In my experience, whatever sliver of energy the infection might leave you, the antibiotics will surely take away. I certainly empathize and pray you are beyond this very, very soon. I hope you can find peace & purpose in the down time.
    One piece of unsolicited advice, if I may be so bold? Ask your doc about probiotics to ameliorate the effects of the antibiotics. VSL3 no longer requires a prescription.

    1. I have been taking probiotics daily since I got back from Nepal last November. Good advice.