While illness brings time to think, the natural tendency of our thoughts may not be comforting.
Sickness may end activities we once enjoyed; it will make us dependent upon others; and feelings of pain, or of uselessness, or of anxiety about the future, may be very real. To those who are in sickness the author does not underestimate the strength of those hindrances to comfort.
Far from offering superficial advice, P. B. Power’s position in A Book of Comfort for Those in Sickness is that no comfort is obtainable unless there be, first, true knowledge of ourselves and, second, right knowledge of God.
His main aim is to state what this knowledge needs to be, and to show how with faith in God’s character and presence, suffering need not be a dark experience.
Table Of Contents
Is God a God of Comfort at All?
Hindrances to Our Believing That God Is a God of Comfort
Helps to Our Believing That God Is a God of Comfort
A Comfort in Pain
A Comfort as to Our Being Useless
A Comfort in Felt Unworthiness
A Comfort to Counter Envious Thoughts About Others
A Comfort in Our Being a Trouble to Others
A Comfort in Fear That the Affliction Will Be Long
A Comfort in the Thought That We Shall Have To Be Alone
A Comfort in Our Fears That We Shall Fail and Dishonour God at the Last