Sick Of Being Sick

Chez Black has been struck with all kinds of sickness and illness over the last few weeks. Fionnuala has been particularly unfortunate and has been struggling with all sorts of ailments. Once she overcomes one bug another one has appeared over the horizon to blight her. It has been a very exhausting and debilitating period for her.

Hannah and Rebecca have both been off school this week with various sniffles and coughs. Hannah also had a nasty stomach bug after Christmas. Even our eldest, ‘IronMan’ Adam, came home from school today feeling under the weather. And as for yours truly? Well I’ve been manfully battling manflu these last three days. But I’m not one to complain right?

We’ve had to miss various trips and appointments. We haven’t been to church in over a month and have effectively quarantined ourselves off from the rest of civilisation bar essential journeys. We are well and truly sick of being sick. It seems that we have picked up every lurgy going. You name it, we have it. I know we have been hit by nothing really serious but it’s still been a frustrating start to 2018.

If only everything was so infectious. Why can’t I be struck down with excessive kindness, tolerance or generosity? Wouldn’t it be great if you woke up one morning and couldn’t stop smiling? Or caught a nasty dose of neighbourly love? Nope. These characteristics seem to come much harder to most of us. They are not an automatic action like sneezing or coughing. They require an actual effort on our part. An effort that is often lacking on the part of many.

Fionnuala and I watch the regional, national and international news but see nothing but hatred and bigotry. We turn on mainstream television and see traditional values and morals being relentlessly attacked by the ‘politically correct’ police. You are scared to open your mouth today for fear of offending someone. Our skins are becoming thinner as our hearts become harder.

The same applies to all aspects of society. People don’t seem to care any more about nobody but numero uno. Indifference and apathy are reaching epidemic proportions. If you dare to have an opinion contrary to the accepted norm you are ostracised and ridiculed. It’s a mad, mad world. Or rather it’s a sad, sad world.

I’m embarrassed by our elected representatives. I’m appalled by many of our so called celebrities. I’m disappointed by supposed role models. I’m let down by family and supposed friends. It’s little wonder we often as a family do not want to mix and mingle. Be it attending the workplace, church or social events. Everywhere we look we see shallowness and hypocrisy.

We will soldier on through this period of illness just as we will soldier on through life. We will love where we can and hold our heads high. We are proud of our home and our kids even though our throats are sore and our noses are blocked. We care and because we care we won’t give up. We remain optimistic even though the world doesn’t offer much in the way of optimism.

We are sick. But the world is sicker.

Published by Fractured Faith Blog

We are Stephen and Fionnuala and this is our story. We live in Northern Ireland, have been married for 17 years and have three kids - Adam, Hannah and Rebecca. We hope that our story will inspire and encourage others. We have walked a rocky road yet here we are today, together and stronger than ever. We are far from perfect and our faith has been battered and bruised. But an untested faith is a pointless faith. Just as a fractured faith is better than none at all. We hope you enjoy the blog.

54 thoughts on “Sick Of Being Sick

  1. Oh no! Feel so bad for you guys. Sending prayers and love your way. Even in this messy world, hope can still be found. We’ve gotta keep our eyes fixed on Jesus and not let the things of this world steal our joy. Love Hayley 😊

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  2. So weird to read a post that is not filled with optimism on this site. With that being said, I fully agree. And hope you all are healthy the rest of the year, since you’ve been through all the bugs.


  3. This is as Black as it can get. πŸ™‚ But you’re right about every word you say. At least on my account. Get well soon you all. πŸ™‚ The time of the year can be really hard with all the germs going round… take care.

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      1. A very Godly missionary, back home for a bit. Said to me stay until there is a new man in place then decide. He had come to preach and the Holy Spirit gave him a bad feeling about our church, later the good shepherd was hired. The pastor and I went to visit him and the pastor thought something was in the works and not long after was fired.

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  4. And praise the Lord, we are no longer of the world, yet we do still have to live in it, but one day that will change too. Until then I hope you all are better soon. Maybe it will be the worst you have all year!


  5. OH I hope all of you feel better soon . It has been a nasty start to the new year my family and I have been sick as well I’m sick as we speak not enjoyable but what can you do . Love your post I agree about how are world is such sadness of moralsthat are lacking and just seems like it’s easier for people to be mean then nice . Well this family is staying nice and on the road to morals …..things need to change . Once again feel better soon all of you.πŸ™‚


  6. Hope you all are feeling better today πŸ™‚ you couldn’t be more right about this sad world we’re living in or the disastrous condition of the church. Sadly I don’t think it’s going to get any better until Christ returns. I guess that’s why the few true faithful that there are must take being the salt and light seriously! Love you guys and will be praying for you πŸ™‚


  7. Change perspectives – Pam Grout, Mollie Player, Marianne Williamson – The Law of Attraction, The Secret all deal with changing our world because it only exists in our minds. You see what you choose to see. I have changed and am continuing to change mine.
    Just a thought,


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