You want to pray, you want to feel God’s comfort and love. But you’re in too much pain to sit, stand, or lie down without feeling consumed with hurt. When you think the pain is subsiding, you try again, but sharp stabs stop you and reminds you: Pain won’t go away.
Whether it’s physical or emotional pain, it can be hard to have a few moments free enough to pray as openly and strongly as you would like. But it’s not impossible – no, never impossible – to connect with God. No pain is too great, no moment too fleeting for you to reach out to Him, and for Him to reach you.
Be as comfortable as you can be to start. Then, allow yourself to acknowledge your pain. You understand it’s there (though you wish it weren’t), and you know what it is doing to you. Moreover, as you acknowledge it, know that God knows, too, and is sitting beside you, right there, present, powerful, and all-loving.
Then, all that being said, turn from pain to prayer, even if all you can muster is one or two words, or a brief sentence. Breathe in a calm a way as you can. Shed tears, if you feel like it. But, all the while, know that God is there.
Ask God to work peace in you, His peace. And comfort. Remain in His calming presence as best you can, for as long as you can, even through the pain.
The only way to not feel God’s healing hand is to not invite Him in. God, who loves you, will reach you through your pain. He is, after all, God!
This is a busy time of year for doctor’s appointments, tests, and other aspects of my healthcare management. But I can’t let the “other” aspects slide or lessen because other things fill my time. So, it’s nearly double-duty, with the appointments and exercise time, tests and rest.
It can be very hard, now, to “stay the course” with my regular schedule when I have to add all of these other things in! And begin to enjoy this wonderful time of year.
I’m sure you’ve experienced this, too. And it doesn’t get any easier the more health conditions you have and the more you have to manage. here are a few of the things I try to do to keep everything current:
o Schedule exercise, therapy, and other essentials in just as you would doctors’ appointments and tests. That way, you’re making room for them in the same place as the “extra” things and are less likely to forget.
o Understand what your regular routine does for you. Exercise, for example, can help with mobility (and your ability to get to and from a doc appointment with less pain), and it can help with energy. Maintaining your regular diet (and eating at retular times) is important, too, so that you have the nutrition you need and the energy, too.
o Try not to overdo one day only to be flat-out the next. We’ve all done it, thought that we could streamline our lives by scheduling more than one doc appointment in on the same day. After all, their offices are near one another, right? But too much can be, well, too much! Try to keep a steady pace, even now.
o Ask for help. It’s hard for all of us, but sometimes we need a little bit of help. Reach out to friends and others who have offered in the past. Laundry, a casserole, walking the dog, or helping navigate the maze of insurance issues are a few things that others might be able to help you with – and in so doing, lessen your stress.
Above all, keep up with prayer and your other stress-busting tools. This is a joy-filled time of the year, and as much as possible, you want to be able to enjoy it!
Today’s TLC Tuesday is specially dedicated to our nation’s veterans. Whether decades ago, or recently, many have returned from the field of battle changed. Many have long-lasting scars we cannot see, or injuries that have altered their ability to be the people they once were.
In whatever way we can, large or small, in prayer or in presence, let’s show great comfort to those who show us great courage. And with our thanks, let us also rejoice in God’s gift of these men and women among us who have served and continue to be lights!
On Friday evening, November 7, I was channel surfing when I happened upon a special program to honor evangelist and preacher Billy Graham’s 96th birthday (Rev. Graham was born on November 7, 1918). What drew me into it was the amazing array of individuals – politicians, entertainers, preachers, writers, and others – who took the time to go on camera and give truly heart-felt witness to the impact Rev. Graham has had throughout his career. As I watched, I marveled at the footage, much of it grainy and black-and-white, showing Rev. Graham as a younger man, preaching to thousands of people at a time, or sitting in prayer with one or two individuals.
And, as I watched, I rejoiced in two things: The power of the Gospel to move hearts and claim souls, and the dedication of one person to travel and give of himself so that the Word would reach fertile ground.
I found out later that the program was produced and aired on TBN (http://www.tbn.org/watch-us/our-programs/billy-graham-birthday-special). I don’t know if it will air again, or be available for viewing elsewhere, but it’s worth a look if you ever get the chance.
What a life!