Facing Life After Facing Death: Day 11 of 11

Don't Get Frustrated If Everything Doesn't Fall Back Into Place In A Moment.

By Rev. A. Stephen Pieters (also posted on The Body)

“ Look at how we honor those who have practiced endurance. You have heard of the endurance of Job. And you have seen what the Lord has accomplished, for the Lord is full of compassion and mercy.” –James 5:11

If you've been sick with HIV, the physical turn-around can happen fairly quickly with the new combination treatments. But the emotional, spiritual and practical adjustments can take awhile. And some physical symptoms may take longer to resolve than others. You may have been through several big battles due to HIV, and you may feel fatigue from the fight. Many of us want it back the way it was before HIV with simply the wave of a fairy wand!

First of all, life will never be the same for those of us who are now living through HIV and AIDS. We've lost too many good people before the advances were made; we have too much accumulated grief.

Those of us living with HIV will always have to pay special attention to our medical needs. Even though we've experienced healing, we haven't been cured. Nevertheless, by the grace of God, and the miracles of modern medicine, many of us will live with HIV well into our senior years, if we are diligent in caring for ourselves. Our experiences with HIV and AIDS have hopefully taught us and helped us grow.

Secondly, true healing can take a long time. It doesn't all happen at once, with the snap of your fingers. The timing is in God's hands, not ours. In any one day, we can do a lot towards finding a job, or getting our finances in order, or taking good care of our bodies, but at the end of the day, there may not be anything more you can do until tomorrow. At that point, we can give it to God, and trust in God's compassion. God loves us and is doing everything possible to help us, to strengthen us, and to continue to heal us.

“We’re praying this so that you can live lives that are worthy of the Lord and pleasing to him in every way: by producing fruit in every good work and growing in the knowledge of God; by being strengthened through his glorious might so that you endure everything and have patience; and by giving thanks with joy to the Father. He made it so you could take part in the inheritance, in light granted to God’s holy people.” -Colossians 1:11-12 (CEB)

About the MCC Church

Founded in 1968, Metropolitan Community Churches (MCC) has been at the vanguard of civil and human rights movements by addressing issues of race, gender, sexual orientation, economics, climate change,  aging, and global human rights. MCC was the first to perform same gender marriages and has been  on the forefront of the struggle towards marriage equality in the USA and other countries worldwide.

MCC recognizes a state of need around the world in the areas of human rights and justice including but not limited to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer community. As people of faith, MCC endeavors to build bridges that liberate and unite voices of sacred defiance. MCC leads from the margins and transforms.