Illnesses of various sorts can literally sap the life forces out of us. Whether its addiction, chronic pain or fatigue, grief, depression, or cancer, the degree to which one has and sustains hope will determine how well they bounce back or respond to treatment. BUT... There's health and healing power through hope!
In his book, The Anatomy of Hope: How People Prevail in The Face of Illness, Dr. Jerome Groopman, Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Chief of Experimental Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and one of the world’s leading researchers in cancer and AIDS, wonderfully illustrates the role of hope in recovery and making health-related choices. He concludes his treatise thus:
“Hope, I have come to believe, is as vital to our lives as the very oxygen that we breathe.”
Hope and faith are virtually two sides of the same coin for they acknowledge a greater power beyond one’s self to combat illness or make key lifestyle changes. Even in the most severe circumstances, one should never give up in despair “for him who is joined to all the living there is hope.” (Ecclesiastes 9:4)
To maintain hope and optimism, it would be well to speak hope and think hope. Poets and sages of antiquity did so, including the Psalmist David, who penned, “Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God; For I shall yet praise Him, The help of my countenance and my God.” (Psalm 42:5, 11)
His son, King Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived, may have given us the most significant insight into depression and what happens when hope is absent. He said, “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, But when the desire comes, it is a tree of life.” (Proverbs 13:12)
If you are facing a health crisis or not in the best shape of your life, don’t lose hope. Pray for it. Search for it. Fast for it. And you shall indeed have it. For if you find and maintain hope, you will have tapped into health and healing’s secret weapon. I pray that you will enjoy complete hope, health, and healing.
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