Posted in after the diagnosis, coping with chronic illness, coping with life threatening illness, living with chronic illness, Living with Illness

Do You Have a Message for the Divine?

It’s really a shame that hand written letters have gone the way of the dinosaur.  I love getting something in the mail that isn’t a bill and a letter is far more exciting than an e-mail.  There is a deeper connection with the sender when I see their handwriting.  It conjures up memories of our time together and the experiences we’ve shared.  We have come to a place in our personal and spiritual lives when we underestimate the importance of personal connection.

The surprise of your illness diagnosis may have catapulted you to a new awakening.  It may be the catalyst your body, mind and spirit have been awaiting for a long time.  Your ability to bring a deeper level of questioning and understanding to your life is a gift and can release lots of negative energy.  So what would be the ultimate letter?  Who would you write to that would create the greatest opportunity for health and healing?  Consider writing a letter to God!

If you wrote a letter to God, what would you say?  How would you present yourself to the divine?  What do you want to know about your thoughts, feelings and dreams?  This isn’t about whether or not God knows everything about you like a mind reader, but a presence in your life that comforts you and provides guidance.  In those instances being able to share what’s most important to you is crucial because it engages you in the deepest relationship possible, the one with your own humanity.

The greatest thing about writing a letter to God is that it doesn’t matter how long you’ve been out of touch.  It doesn’t require accurate punctuation (something I’m always grateful for) and you don’t have be as eloquent as the greatest poets of our time.  The only thing that is required of the letter to God is that it be true.  It’s not about pleading your case, but sharing your deepest thoughts and understandings about your life and its meaning.  This is the time when you get to reconcile the reason you’ve been placed on this earth and the road you’ve travelled thus far.

When diagnosed with a chronic or life-threatening illness you may have made a comment to another like, “I feel abandoned by God”.  The truth is that you probably abandoned your own life before God ever had a chance to abandon you if that even were the case.  You may want to take this opportunity to reintroduce yourself to the divine and while you’re at it, reintroduce you to yourself.


I've lived my life in service to others. I'm focused on mental health and how it impacts our relationships, culture, and society. Through creative expression and narrative I believe we can impact change.

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