Is the Church preparing people to live with chronic pain? Does the Church teach people how to be “God’s kind of patient”? Does the person worshiping next to you on Sunday morning understand that Scripture has much to say about the crippling pain they are in? When faced with chronic pain do you think “HOPE”, or “HURT”, or maybe just “RELIEF”?
I’ve made no secret about my personal struggle with pain. I am in no way crippled by pain as some are, yet, pain is a daily part of my life. It greets me in the morning, walks by my side throughout the day and tucks me in at night. Sometimes it wakes me up in the middle of the night just to let me know it’s still there. And, so it is with many people. My goal in beginning this post is to introduce some of the things that I have learned over the past three years in my own struggle with chronic pain. I’ll be pretty frank about my personal desires for complete relief, open to your own story and, prayerfully, encouraging throughout the entire process.
(Since I first started to work on this particular post, my health insurance has denied my next surgery. These type of events are typical of the setbacks chronic pain sufferers face on a regular basis. How does a Christian sufferer deal with these “bumps in the road” that are ordained from his sovereign Lord? We’ll prayerfully deal with all these type of questions.)
I’ll suggest a a couple of resources to you, that have ministered well to me, right from the start:
- Pain: the Plight of Fallen Man: God’s Prescription for Persevering by James Halla, M.D.
- Suffering and the Sovereignty of God – General Editors: John Piper and Justin Taylor
Enter the conversation:
What resources could you recommend for someone suffering with chronic pain?