Painful Days

Are you in physical pain today?

Someone reading this is in pain. Perhaps it’s you. Or maybe you know someone in pain. Pain rarely makes sense and often continues without relief. Throughout the ages, others who have endured pain have turned their attention from the temporary pain to things eternal by meditating on passages of Scripture. Whether you are currently feeling pain or supporting someone who is suffering, allow the following string of passages to provide comfort and hope:

May the LORD answer you when you are in distress;
May He send you help. (Psalm 20:1–2)

Lift up your eyes to the hills..
Your help comes from the LORD.
Who watches over you. (Psalm 121:1–2)

He is the one .

Who keeps you in perfect peace. (Isaiah 26:3)

Who delivers you from fears. .
Who saves those who are crushed in spirit. (Psalm 34:4)

Who heals the brokenhearted
And binds up all your wounds. (Psalm 147:3)

Who forgives all your sins,
and heals all your diseases. (Psalm 103:3)

Who renews your strength. (Isaiah 40:31)

God even sent His own Son, the one .

“Who took up your infirmities
and carried your diseases.” (Matthew 8:17)

Who carried your sorrows,
smitten and afflicted.
He was pierced for our transgressions,
crushed for our iniquities
and He brought you peace
for by his wounds you are healed. (Isaiah 53:4–5)

Paul was given a thorn in the flesh; thankfully we aren’t told any more than the truth that He lived in pain and pleaded for relief. Paul said the purpose of his pain was to keep him humble and find God’s grace to be sufficient (2 Corinthians 12:9).

If the Lord allows the pain to continue for you, recall 2 Corinthians 12, because it offers a perspective not spoken of in our world today. His grace, His peace, His strength, His hope . . . through prayer, the eyes of your heart will see some greater purpose through the suffering.

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Colleen Swindoll Thompson holds a bachelor of arts degree in Communication from Trinity International University as well as minors in psychology and education. Colleen serves as the director of Reframing Ministries at Insight for Living Ministries. From the personal challenges of raising a child with disabilities (her son Jonathan), Colleen offers help, hope, and a good dose of humour through speaking, writing, and counselling those affected by disability. Colleen and her husband, Toban, have five children and reside in Frisco, Texas.

కొలీన్ స్విన్డాల్ థాంప్సన్ ట్రినిటీ ఇంటర్నేషనల్ విశ్వవిద్యాలయం నుండి కమ్యూనికేషన్‌లో బ్యాచిలర్ ఆఫ్ ఆర్ట్స్ డిగ్రీతో పాటు మనోవిజ్ఞానశాస్త్రము మరియు ఎడ్యుకేషన్లో అనుబంధ జ్ఞానం కలిగి ఉన్నారు. కొలీన్ ఇన్సైట్ ఫర్ లివింగ్ వద్ద రిఫ్రామింగ్ మినిస్ట్రీస్ డైరెక్టరుగా పనిచేస్తున్నారు. దివ్యాంగుడైన పిల్లవాడిని (ఆమె మూడవ బిడ్డ, యోనాతాను) పెంచే వ్యక్తిగత సవాళ్ళ దగ్గర నుండి, కొలీన్ సహాయం, నిరీక్షణ మరియు వైకల్యంతో బాధపడుతున్నవారికి మాటలతో, వ్రాతలతో మరియు సలహా ఇవ్వడంతో మంచి హాస్యాన్ని అందిస్తుంది. కొలీన్ మరియు ఆమె భర్త, టోబన్ కు ఐదుగురు పిల్లలు ఉన్నారు. వారు టెక్సాస్ లోని ఫ్రిస్కోలో నివసిస్తున్నారు.