HAVING LIVED WITH HIV for nearly two decades, I have had my share of struggles: a bout with pneumonia, loss of weight and muscle mass, extreme fatigue, depression, and losing nearly 3,000 of my friends to HIV/AIDS.
On my good days, I greet the morning with a smile, give thanks to God for another beautiful day, and go on living life to its fullest.
But the bad days make it hard to accept living with AIDS. On those days I start with a simple prayer: “God, you know how hard it is for me today. I need your help.” As soon as I feel God’s arms around me, I remember Psalm 23. Then I am able to climb out of bed singing my favorite hymn, “Then sings my soul, … how great thou art!” …
God, let me feel your loving arms holding me today. And make that so for all those who suffer. Amen.
– Dave Daniels
Prayers for Encouragement
From “The Good and the Bad” by Dave Daniels, in Prayers for Encouragement: Hope for Persons Living with HIV and AIDS, Malaria, Tuberculosis, and Other Serious Diseases. Copyright © 2007 by Upper Room Ministries. All rights reserved. Used by permission. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.
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God is faithful; by him you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
1 Corinthians 1:9, NRSV
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