Last night in bible study, my pastor brought up a few things about healing that I had never thought of. He talked about the differences between afflictions and sickness. The scripture he used was James 5:13-15. I'm quoting the NLT. "Are any among you suffering? They should keep praying about it. And those who have reason to be thankful should continually sing praises to the Lord. Are any among you sick? They should call for the elders of the church and have them pray over them, annointing them with oil in the name of the Lord. And their prayer offered in faith will heal the sick, and the Lord will make them well. And anyone who has committed sins will be forgiven." The word affliction refers to emotional and stressful mental suffering. This is where most of our issues really lie, especially in terms of relationships. Healing for these is a continual process for many, and lots of us get off the healing track and get ourselves into something else that piles on more affliction. We should pray anytime our mind brings us back to those issues that weigh us down. Not doing so can taint our praise. The word sickness deals with physical issues, like diseases and infirmities. When your body is sick, that sickness tends to affect the mind adversely, which can cause your prayers to become twisted. Some sickness is spiritual, and you cannot heal from these on your own. My afflictions were mostly relationships that didn't last. I love hard, but it had often been unreturned. It has even been true in my marriage. Now with divorce in my future, I'm praying daily for healing and realize that I need time to heal from the effects of all the relationships I've been in. I don't want to become bitter and unable to love the one God has chosen for me, nor do I want to be too fearful to love. I gotta take my time, heal, let go of my fears, let go of others' opinions, let go of the pain I've suffered, and let God heal me. Anyone else care to share anything about this?