Overcome life’s toughest problems—with prayer!
You’ll find faith-filled remedies for a variety of conditions from everyday ailments and negative emotions to serious health problems, such as Alzheimer’s disease.
Whether you’re experiencing loneliness, grief, fatigue, or fear facing surgery or coping with a serious illness…beset with financial problems, divorce, weight problems, or more, Spiritual Remedies will show you how to deal with it.
You’ll be filled with renewed hope as you read uplifting true accounts of answered prayers and meet everyday people who’ve tackled physical and emotional pain.
Whatever you’re struggling with, God is in it with you. You’ll see how God hears your prayers and sends His help when you are sick or sad or stressed.
As a medical doctor, I had seen the relentless mental destruction that Alzheimer’s inevitably brings. I thought my medical training might make it easier for me to handle the experience when its symptoms became evident in my wife, Maria. I was wrong. The deterioration of this once vital and capable woman, without whom none of my life’s dreams would have been realized, was harder to bear than I could ever have imagined.
Following the example Maria had set for years, I turned to prayer. Opening our Bible to the lines that had seen us through so many trials, I began to read aloud from 1 Corinthians 13:4,7, “Love is patient; love is kind . . . It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things”(NRSV).
How could I best show Maria my love when she needed it most? The answer came in a flood of memories—memories of all she’d done. I grabbed a pen and began to do some counting. Fifty years of marriage and six children meant something like fifty thousand meals cooked and served, nine hundred and twenty thousand dishes washed, two hundred and thirty thousand diapers changed. I wrote out number after number, listing all the tasks that Maria had cheerfully and uncomplainingly performed for our children and me over the years. The numbers were just guesswork, of course, but writing them down helped make concrete for me the scope of Maria’s labor of love.
Lord, I prayed, I don’t think I ever really understood the sacrifices Maria made. Let her illness be a chance for me to repay her in some way.
Since that day, that is just what I tried to do. Moment by moment, I learned to treat each small service I performed for Maria—from washing sheets to cleaning up a spill to remaining patient when she was having a bad day—as an active prayer of thanks. A chance for me to consciously give back to Maria something of what she had given me.
“Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”I know now that those words aren’t mere sentiments, but truths that go to the very heart of what it means to share one’s life with another person, in sickness and in health.
Maria reached the point where she had considerable trouble forming complete sentences, but there is one that she said when she was unable to say anything else. She would take my hand and give it a squeeze, and tell me, “I love you.” In those three words, I saw the proof of something else that St. Paul says in First Corinthians. It follows the passage that concludes with love “endures all things,” and it is, I feel, the truest statement of all. “Love never ends” (NRSV).
—Wallace A. Reed, M.D.