Quoting Quiverfull: Godly Response to a Sick Friend?

Quoting Quiverfull: Godly Response to a Sick Friend? May 27, 2014

by Kelly Reins from Ladies Against Feminism and her blog Ah The Life – A Snippet From a Letter to a Friend

I am praying for you. I know it’s difficult to be still and I know you know this, that there is great joy having no distractions between ourselves and our great Saviour (sic). There is precious insight in the much afforded quiet time and as much as pills, and herbs, and various other remedies bring relief, it is true that there is an equal amount of relief in walking through sanctification, delighting to do the smallest thing He asks us in faith, and becoming so acquainted with Him, it seems hard to have to part and bring the mind back to the cares of this world.

Read the rest at Ah The Life

QUOTING QUIVERFULL is a regular feature of NLQ – we present the actual words of noted Quiverfull leaders and ask our readers: What do you think? Agree? Disagree? This is the place to state your opinion. Please, let’s keep it respectful – but at the same time, we encourage readers to examine the ideas of Quiverfull honestly and thoughtfully.

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  • Mel

    It’s awesome to have no distractions between yourself and God. Well, except that pesky illness that makes me feel horrible, hopeless and exhausted all the time……

    In the Catholic Church, St. Therese Lisieux had a similar, but less patronizing message. She had wanted to be a missionary, but recurrent illness (TB, perhaps) meant that career was not going to happen. Instead, she focused on doing the ‘little things’ that she could do to make life more pleasant for others.

    Similar idea, but Lisieux’s idea doesn’t demand being grateful for ill health which the letter seems to require of her ‘friend’….

  • Edie Moore McGee

    Having gone through major surgery, chemo, and radiation a couple of years ago, I would have slapped anyone who wrote me such a letter. Although it is true that I gained insight and grew much from being sick, it’s not exactly something you want to be told — at least, by a patronizing “friend” who’s never been there and done that.

  • Suzanne Harper Titkemeyer

    Edie, that’s why I had to publish this. It’s so patronizing and unloving. Why not simply say “I’m there for you” or “What can I do to help you during this time?” or even a simple “I’ll pray for you”

    Been through the chemo/radiation/surgery myself and dealing with a wrecked immune system in the aftermath has taught me a lot about how ‘deep’ some Christians love is for the sick. It is mind boggling.

  • Nightshade

    ‘Don’t worry about the kids for now, I’ll help take care of them while you’re sick’ or ‘I’ll bring dinner over for your family tonight’ would be much more loving, kind, and useful.

  • persephone

    Yes, and even if she didn’t live nearby, she could arrange to send meals, or a housecleaner, or any number of things that would help. Tw**.

  • Nightshade

    Yep. Any kind of practical help, even in some small way, would be more ‘godly,’ seems to me. Guess they’ve forgotten about doing to the least of these.

  • SAO

    Do go gentle into that good night
    Pray, pray for the dying of the light.

  • Nea

    “I’m so sorry you’re sick. But don’t you dare be sick in a way that doesn’t fit my religious narrative!”

  • tulips

    Exactly my perception. “Be sure to experience catastrophic illness attractively”

  • Sylv Taylor

    Because it’s not about reassuring the patient, it’s about reassuring oneself about God’s plan and giving a meaning to what really has none.

  • Sylv Taylor

    “Well you won’t get better with that attitude!’