‘Therefore we do not lose heart, though outwardly we are wasting away, inwardly we are being renewed day by day.’ 2 Corinthians 4:16

This is one of my favourite Biblical verses. Having suffered with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) for twenty-seven years, I do struggle with my health daily. But these words are a tremendous encouragement to me. It is not my body that matters, that is passing and fleeting. When I have forced periods of rest I have time to pray for others, God has time to speak to me and I have time to listen. I am more tolerant of others who are ill.

I would like to think that daily I am growing nearer to God in wisdom and understanding. He is continually teaching me new things. The time is coming when I will not need this body; my soul and spirit will be all that remains. They are what is required by God.