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D is for Dealing with Chronic Pain

September 28, 2012

I usually don’t share personal stuff on my blog.  Lately I’ve been crazy just trying to keep up with all the reviews – what a blessing!  But I’m joining Marcy over at Ben and Me today as she is blogging through the alphabet.  I missed A, B, & C but better late than never, right?  Hopefully this post will help you understand a friend or maybe relate to me in some way.

There are millions of people in the world that deal with chronic pain.  I am one of them.  Everyone deals in their own way.  From taking medications to seeking out alternatively therapies.  Some go to counseling, some to chiropractors, some meditate, some pray.

Everyone of us hurts.

We all try not to let it take over our lives.  We all try to gain some measure of normalcy.  We all long for the pain to stop.  For many, some days are better than others.  Some of us know why we hurt, what ails us.  While others suffer from mystery pains.

It taxes your brain.  Your well-being.  Your sense of who you are is questioned.  Your confidence on what you can accomplish alone is challenged.  Your ideas of how much of the day you can stand are often wrong.  The life you lead doesn’t seem like your own.  Instead, it belongs to the pain.

You try to psych yourself out to get through it.  You stand it as long as possible before giving into it.  You try not to whine and complain.  You can’t let it win.  Often times fatigue and depression set in.  You wonder if it will last forever.  You can’t imagine it not being partnered with you.

Well-meaning friends quote you scripture.  You feel your prayers are in vain.  Does the Lord even hear you?  Of course, you reason, he suffered so much more than this and he survived – even triumphed!  There are plenty of verses in the Bible that speak to “counting it pure joy my brothers…”.  You question your salvation, your very existence.

Not everyone goes this far, this deep, but many do.  How do you justify your thought process?  Oh yes.  Don’t neglect the pain.  The overwhelming burden.

The Lord has heard my cry for mercy; the Lord accepts my prayer. – Psalms 6:9

Praise God from whom all blessings flow.

Blogging Through the Alphabet

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