Commentary By: Gordon King
Sorry folks for the lapse in posting for a few days, I do my best to write and post daily, but at times I am held back in performing God’s will.
I have been struck with an illness that causes me to be debilitated at times. I have what is called “Scleritis” , a very painful condition which affects the eyes. One of my eyes is recurrently (every two to three years) effected by this illness which attacks the white tissue of the eye called the sclera. It becomes very red and very painful. Just turning my eyes produces severe pain, as does reading and light. It causes migraine headaches and makes me tired and sluggish. Fortunately, over the past decade since I was first afflicted with Scleritis, each attack has only lasted for two to three weeks, yet it is recurring.
Scleritis can be caused by an auto-immune disease which attacks a persons own body. However, eye doctors have been unable to tell me what disease it could be, as they themselves do not know, or if in fact mine is caused by an auto-immune disease.
Scleritis can be very dangerous, as it can in severe cases cause blindness and even the loss of the eye. An underlying auto-immune disorder causing the Scleritis can even be fatal.
The only treatment for Scleritis is to ease the pain and inflammation in the eye, by the use of steroid drops, in some cases steroid injections, and even steroids by mouth. Currently I am using topical steroid drops, which does help to alleviate some of the pain and inflammation for a very short time, as well as taking NSAIDS such as Ibuprofen several times a day. Another thing which seems to help is to rest the eye by not reading, not looking at things close up, such as a computer monitor. Using the computer only inflames the tissue and causes greater headaches!
I am telling you all of this so that you will understand if I do not write on a daily basis, but also asking for your prayers of healing. There is great power in prayer, and when God’s people come together in prayer then God can perform miraculous works!
I love God with all of my heart, probably not as much as I should, but I am working on that! I ask the good Lord to show me how to love Him more, to have a heart only for Him. I trust in the Lord, I trust in His promises to us, and I know that He is with me in all things!
Even though we suffer in this life with temporary light afflictions (as stated by the apostle Paul), we should know that one day soon we will be with Him in Paradise! That all we suffer through now is only temporary, and that God will make all things right, as they should be.
And as I journey on through this life with all of its downfalls, I seek God in all things, and I give Him thanks and glory in all things! God is good, and He seeks only the best for us. Amen.
I try to not focus my attentions on my afflictions, although at times it’s very difficult not to do, but instead focus on my Savior in heaven, Jesus Christ!
Let us all pray for one another, encourage one another, and continue to seek God Almighty with all of our heart!
God bless my friends! Maranatha!