Ouch, that hurts!
Pain, it hurts. Pain—it comes at you from all sources. Known sources, unexpected sources—and it hits you sometimes at difficult moments. Not fondly, but I remember the pain of my first kidney stone! Yikes! Ouch! I know the pain of disappointment, the pain of loss, and the pain of being let down.
Some pain is self inflicted, but a ton of pain comes our way from outside sources. Unwelcomed sickness, verbal attacks from others, loss of income, house fires, broken homes, all create a menagerie of pain.
Just today I called a family whom I had not talked to for about fifteen years. They, on Christmas day, lost their youngest child from some vicious heart attack. This son was only thirty-five years old! He had struggled with addictions and mental health issues. When she said hello and asked who was calling, I simply said, ‘Hello, it’s Peter Cusick.’ Because of our history once she heard my name the pain welled up again and she burst into tears!
Life is not fair! It serves out a large dosage of pain. There is a song that has become fairly popular in the contemporary music scene called “Chain Breaker” by Zach Williams. You can search and find the music, but here is the chorus: “If you’ve got pain, He’s a pain taker. If you feel lost, He’s a way maker. If you need freedom or saving, He’s a prison-shaking Saviour. If you got chains, He’s a chain breaker”
Think of it—who doesn’t want relief from pain? What if we all thought about these two things? First, whose pain can we help carry this week? Second, whose pain can we help bring some kind of relief from?
Wouldn’t that make our world a little bit more wonderful? And that, is something to think about.