Illness can come to us personally, to a member of our family or a close friend. When sickness comes to our family, it is an occasion to join our hearts in prayer for the healing of the sick person, whether child or adult. When we ourselves or members of our family are sick and need medicine, we too should let that medicine be accompanied by prayer.
After we have recovered through prayer, medical care and rest, we can lift up our hearts in gratitude for the gift of health. this gesture can be not only a prayer of thanksgiving but also of rededication to seeking a constant condtition of good health through proper diet, rest, recreation and prayerful living.
Often, we are asked to pray for a friend or member of the family who is sick. This prayer allows us to encircle the sick person with the power of God as well as with our own love and affection. By praying in times of sickness, we can become more conscious of our interdependency upon one another as well as of our intimate relationship with God.
To turn at times of illness, only to medical science, even with all of its marvellous gifts and knowledge, is to treat only half the person. By prayer and medicine, we do indeed find what the American Indian called "good medicine", a healing for body and soul.