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Good Days…Bad Days With Maureen Pratt

Good Days…Bad Days With Maureen Pratt

Chronic Pain: For the Birds!

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Seagulls regularly land on my skylights and attempt to crack open shells. Invariably, they make a ruckus! But they also tend to lose their footing rather quicky and slide down, making a screeching noise reminiscent of fingers on chalkboard.

Does this deter them? Oh, no. They try to climb right back up again. And again. And again. Some days, it’s quite an earful!

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Of course, we have to shake our heads and think of how silly the birds are, coming back time after time to do the same thing with the same failed consequences. But, then, I’m reminded of how we do the same thing with chronic pain.

There’s the friend who broke a foot and had to wear a boot, but didn’t want to forfeit fancy shoes…and the foot took much longer to heal.

There’s me who sometimes thinks, “Oh, one more load of laundry won’t do me in,” but it does.

And so on…

Yes, we are much like the birds! Again and again.

But, as we are reminded in Scripture, God the Father cares for each sparrow, regardless of their fickle flight. And, what’s more, God protects them.

And in the same way, He cares for us and protects us, no matter how many times we try – and fumble – to climb the mountain!

Blessings for the day,

Maureen

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Chronic illness: Sweating it out

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During long days at high school band practice, baking under the blazing August sun and sweating buckets, I learned the importance of hydration – replacing the fluid our bodies lose under such circumstances.  Water, sports’ drinks, whatever our doctors tell us to do – hydration is vital.

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But what about times when we “sweat” in other ways, especially when we’re worried about the turn our illness is taking, or the health news we’ve just received? What about the times when we’re waiting for lab results or a new medical consultation?  When we “sweat” worries and fears and dread out and into our lives, with what do we replace those terrors and tremors?

Jesus is not only the Bread of Life, but the Living Water that flows forth from absolute goodness and into our souls like a refreshing, rejuvenating stream. He is our “hydration” when we are completely oppressed with fear and overwhelmed with the heat of fierce pain. Jesus is our rock and our comfort.

We hydrate our bodies under the blazing sun. We revive our spirits with the amazing Son!

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TLC Tuesday: Gently, Gently

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Maureen Pratt Author PicA harsh word, a sudden move, an angry outburst – we’ve all made them and felt them from others. Not uplifting or comforting, these brusk and sometimes brutal actions.

For today’s TLC Tuesday, the word and action is “gently.” Gently steer yourself today, praying for patience and love to fill your life. Gently approach others, and gently move away from negativity that can hurt and cause you pain. Pray for God’s gentle hand to be upon you, and his grace to envelop you. Gently. Gently.

We all need a little more TLC. Why not Tuesday?

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Chronic Pain: Are you a camel?

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pic for website 2012Some days, I just hurt. I hurt so badly that it’s difficult to tell where the pain is coming from, let alone what to do to make it better. Some days, there’s no easy way around or through it. We work with our doctors, we do what we can, but, inevitably, we realize there is just no easy way.

This reminds me of Luke 18:25. In response to the rich official’s question about what he must do to “inherit eternal life,” Jesus told him he had to sell all he had and distribute it to the poor. The man was despondent, which prompted Jesus to say, “It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.”

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Now, many people with chronic illness are not rich at all, so it is not even a question for them to give up their great wealth to the poor. But, perhaps, Jesus is making a broader point: Entering the kingdom of God is not something to consider lightly, and the way to get there is not necessarily easy.

In fact, it is not easy at all.

There can be many things we are reluctant to give up in order to live as Our Lord would have us live. We don’t want to give up feeling well, because feeling sick is, well, a pain. We don’t want to give up complete mobility, independence, or other “treasures.”

We don’t want to suffer. We don’t want to feel pain.

But, as we saw with God’s only Son, suffering is part of the human experience. Our Lord did it, and He did it completely. What a challenge – and what a demonstration of pure love!

There is a camel in all of us, ready to do what God wills us to do. And with His love, support, and overwhelming strength, we can get through the “not so easy parts” and, yes, enter His kingdom, rejoicing!

Blessings for the day,

Maureen

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