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Of Pain, Pain and…Pain

Pain is a profound thing. A few years ago, I had Precious Moments in the Wilderness. In encountering pain, I encountered growth. I could not empathise with her. She is an old-time friend and she was walking out of breast cancer. She said emotional pain is harder to bear than physical pain. I didn’t know how to respond. I listened, then we prayed together.

C.S. Lewis puts it aptly : Mental pain is less dramatic than physical pain, but it is more common and also more hard to bear. The frequent attempt to conceal mental pain increases the burden: it is easier to say “My tooth is aching” than to say “My heart is broken.“

He also says : We can ignore even pleasure. But pain insists upon being attended to. God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: it is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world.

The last time my body heard His megaphone was two years ago when my back snapped on me. The excruciating pain forced me to be still, slow down, sit up and learn to stand again. Then I walk one step at a time. I’m still learning to do that.

Take time to manage our pain...and remember to hold His Hand.

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