When we have pain...
"God heals the brokenhearted, and binds up their wounds."
~ Psalm 147:3
One of the biggest discussions I have with persons who are dying is, "Will I suffer pain?"
Over the years there have been many conversations about pain. As we read scripture, we are reminded time and time again stories of people who have suffered, including Christ, as he was put to death.
I once had a nurse share with me about a woman as she was dying, "She is giving birth to death, just as she did as she delivered children."
I wish that I could answer why it is that people suffer. This morning I learned that someone I meet with regularly for prayer lost her grandson in a wreck over the weekend. She just is "trying to make sense of why it is that these things happen."
While we do suffer, experience loss, and encounter pain, God is still present. It doesn't mean that it won't happen, even when we all raise our voices together to God in prayer. The human condition is both filled with mystery and unknowns. Of reasons for things that we all struggle at times to understanding. The peace that passes all understanding shared in Philippians is simply what we all seek when we encounter these things.
We are reminded not to be anxious, and worry. Easier said than done, but knowing that God understands does help to ease our thoughts when we are unable to overcome the power these thoughts have over us.
Praying that we all may encounter this understanding, now and always.
Stay in God's grip!
G. Todd Williams (c) 2017
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Rev. G. Todd Williams lives in the Houston metro area and is a Hospice Chaplain at Essential Hospice, Webster, Texas, and is an ordained Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) pastor.