The following is a wonderful prayer by Norwegian Theologian Ole Hallesby: “Lord if it will be to Your glory, heal suddenly. If it will glorify You more, heal gradually; if it will glorify You, even more, may your servant remain sick awhile; and if it will glorify Your name still more, take him to yourself in Heaven,
To some, it may seem crazy that sickness or death could ever glorify God. It is a hard truth to accept, but one only needs to look at the pillar of our faith to realize that nastiest murder of all times happened to Jesus himself. He was totally innocent of any wrongdoing, yet was sentenced to die a very horrible death. Yet his death and resurrection glorified God and made his followers recognize that there are in fact things worth dying for. The ultimate price is not so ultimate anymore. We can stand up with courage and do the things that we ought, knowing that even if it kills us, we will awake to be with our creator who loves us enough that he was willing to die for us.
While no example is as good as this, there are many examples of how death and sickness inspired others. I once went to church with a lady that suffered a long painful disease before her death. No one would have blamed her if she had become self-absorbed in her last season of life, but no, she made everyone that came to visit her feel better then they felt before they arrived, and she still praised Christ. She inspired people to seek out a better relationship with Christ even better than she could of when she was completely healthy. Her sickness inspired an entire Church to live better for Christ! I want a faith like that!
Christianity is also about giving of yourself to others. As hard as it is to see people enduring terrible illnesses, the people who give of themselves to help these people remain comfortable and cared for are heroes! They are prime examples of what it means to be a Christian, many of the even improve their own character while learning to care for others.