When Chronic Illness Depletes Compassion

I am frantically searching the scriptures to see if the compassion and actions of Jesus was ever depleted because people suffered chronically.

Chronic means long lasting and long suffering. There is no end unless God divinely intervenes.

I have had the honor to follow the living and dying journey of Kara Tippetts blog and it has awaken me to so much truth about God and people.

It is love that remains when sickness refuses to go away and never return. When we live our lives in His Spirit, His love does not deplete or runs out. He knows that chronic illnesses are just that….long suffering.

I have suffered long for 30 years with debilitating migraine and cluster headaches …….2-3 a month, lasting 3-5 days at a time. Most medications no longer work and most people I know have stop working as well.

This is a frustrating, lonely and scary chronic illness. It’s like I am always on verge of a massive stroke. According to latest Head CT scan and MRI, I have spots throughout my brain because of the constant battering of the vessels.

At 51 years, I must honestly confess that I am tired and not sure how much more I can physically take. I am here by God’s amazing grace and I know His grace won’t run out….šŸ˜Š.

Believers these days text or email a prayer, but won’t actually show up offering tangible help or laying on of hands or just sit with you.

I am sure I speak for thousands of us who suffer chronically. It’s lonely and difficult at times. Life goes on while we suffer and our responsibilities don’t go away.

I wanted to share the truth about this particular illness (see below), because maybe if you know the truth, it would nudge you to get up and GO, and help someone you know who suffers in any capacity.

Take the time and put yourself in their situation. Social media methods will never replace the tangible love and compassion of a living & loving God. We are His image bearers.

Don’t allow the words of the enemy to make you deceive yourself and say to a sufferer….”God is with you and He is enough”……..its truth about the heart of God, but He has saved us to be His hands and feet. When we reach beyond ourselves, we see His glory and we grow in love and compassion.

Thank you for taking the time to read what’s on my heart. And “yes” I am in midst of a chronic migraine and herpes breakout….double pain. But not ashamed.

Please read below and pray to be a doer and make someone else life a little easier in midst of their suffering.


The symptoms of migraine headaches can occur in various combinations and include:
Moderate to severe pain (often described as pounding, throbbing pain) that can affect the whole head, or can shift from one side of the head to the other
Sensitivity to light, noise or odors
Blurred vision
Nausea or vomiting, stomach upset, abdominal pain
Loss of appetite
Sensations of being very warm or cold
Fever (rare)
Bright flashing dots or lights, blind spots, wavy or jagged lines (aura)
Cluster Headaches:
Intense one-sided pain described as having a burning or piercing quality that is throbbing or constant
Pain is located behind one eye or in the eye region, without changing sides.
Pain lasts a short time, generally 30 to 90 minutes (but can last for three hours); the headache will disappear, only to recur later that day (most sufferers get one to three headaches per day during a cluster period).
Headaches occur very regularly, generally at the same time each day, and they often awaken the person at the same time during the night.



2 thoughts on “When Chronic Illness Depletes Compassion”

  1. Great blog.Whether it be physical pain or just simply pain in the heart His word remains the same.He us near to you. Even in the times where we feel others should be but are not in the way that we would like for them to be or who we would like for it to be. Even in times of pain and weakness it is His grace that will be sufficient for you. Meaning it is and will always be enough. Im am greatful because it positions my heart to be greatful. Not because Im not in pain but because there is always someone, somewhere that is worse off. What I do know is that you are surrounded by those of us who love you dearly and who may cant be there all the time but always willing. I pray that the Lord would continue to comfort you during this challenging time physically. Its great to have people by your side but I’ve come to learn that the one that will never fail you is always there all of the time never late.


  2. Sherry, I’m so sorry to hear that you are suffering such pain. I send you prayers for healing and comfort, and look forward to seeing you in person when you return from Kenya. Please let me know when you’re back. With love


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