Fr. Nigel W.D. Mumford+

Please don’t say,
“My cancer”
“My arthritis”
“My illness”

I believe owning a dis-ease is counter productive and not a good idea!
If you “have to” name it say,

“the cancer”
“the arthritis”
“the dis-ease”

This could be a quantum leap in your thinking and view of disease.
Moving from “My” to “the” (low case) is a better way of addressing the issue, physically, emotionally and spiritually.
Owning a dis-ease it is not the best solution!
The Lord wants health and salvation, (from the Greek word SoZo)* for us all.
I’m not suggesting denial but when we “own” a dis-ease it belongs to us!
I don’t think illness should belong to us or, much worse, become our identity.

Biblical foundation.
JOHN 5:6-9
6 When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he already had been in that condition a long time, He said to him, “Do you want to be made well?”

7 The sick man answered Him, “Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; but while I am coming, another steps down before me.”

8 Jesus said to him, “Rise, take up your bed and walk.” 9 And immediately the man was made well, took up his bed, and walked.

* The new testament of the King James Version of the Bible was originally translated from a greek manuscript. Since the manuscript was written in greek it makes sense to study the greek words themselves to better understand the King James Bible. A word study is done on a specific greek word to determine its exact meaning. When the greek word is better understood the meaning of different versus becomes more clear. As an example consider the greek word sozo which has been translated in the New Testament the following ways:

save or saved

May the Sozo of the Lord be upon you with power and signs following.
God bless you.
Be well, do good works and for the sake of God love one another.
Fr. Nigel W.D. Mumford+


About Fr. Nigel

Fr. Mumford is a husband, priest, author (four books) and public speaker with a focus on the healing ministry of Jesus. He is a former Royal Marine Commando Drill Instructor. He was called to this ministry in 1990 and was ordained 2005. He is the president of By His Wounds Inc. A not for profit ministry helping war zone veterans heal with The Welcome Home Initiative. For more info please go to
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