An Authentic, Sometimes Gritty, and Always Hopeful Blog for All Who Live with Severe Physical Pain

Friday, July 1, 2011

Welcome


Welcome to the club you never wanted to join.”   

A woman said this to me, years ago when I sought out a support group for help with my rare facial pain disorder.  Today I welcome you, in this same manner, to a blog you never thought you would need--one to give you support and insights for living with grace in your journey with physical pain.  

P A I N...  It’s what we fear most in this life.  A wife of a man who is ill will be asked, "Is he in much pain?" Or, we will sigh in relief, when someone has died, and we are told, "Thankfully, she didn't suffer much."  
 
As children, we learn early on that pain is bad news.  I remember the first time, my oldest son, Kyle, fell down and scraped his knees.  He was just a toddler, less than two years old, and slipped on some rocks in our cul-de-sac. When he stood up and realized he was hurt, he looked at me with both surprise and accusation.  He seemed to say to me,  "I didn't know the world hurts!" And, "Why didn’t you save me?"

Yes, the world hurts, sometimes very, very badly.  Even if we have a deep faith, we can have times of feeling very alone in our suffering with little hope of rescue. 

Joni Eareckson Tada, a well-known Christian speaker and author, who has  a 25 plus year ministry helping people who suffer, writes in her new book, A Place of Healing: Wrestling with the Mysteries of Suffering:

 “Those long-ago and faraway days of pleading with God, to raise me up on my feet and out of my wheelchair are behind me.  Oh, I’m still in my wheelchair.  But I’m happy.  And on that level, I have been healed.  Big time.”

“Right now the big question for me is all about pain…Frankly, if this pain weren’t so chronic, so jaw splitting at times, I’d leave it alone.  But just as I used to tell Him years ago when I was first injured, I find  myself once again praying, “Lord I can’t live like this for the rest of my life!...My friends, this is new turf for me.”  (emphasis mine)

Despite all Joni has been through, pain has descended with its fingers tightening around her heart in fear.  Doubt that she can bear it has struck a blow to her faith.  Friends, if Joni's faith is challenged with physical pain, it's no surprise that we "average Joe Christians'"  have such challenges!

Our abilities, I believe, to live well despite extreme pain are as strong as our willingness to depend upon God.

Joni can do it, (her book writes about her journey) I can do it, and you can too.  I will be here to help you, and I hope that you will freely share your experiences and insights as well.

I pray that you will find strength here for your journey.

God Bless You, 

Judi







4 comments:

  1. Thank you, Judi, for all you do to help those who suffer from pain and those who suffer because those we love have to live in pain. I will look forward to hearing from you. Jean

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  2. I've added you to my blogroll and posted you to my facebook wall. Your information, experience, and faith are too valuable for me to fail to do so!

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  3. Jean-- It is my great joy to help others, with the little bit that I can offer. You are one of the people who models how to do this well!

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  4. CA-- I'm still trying to get the hang of the blog--sorry I didn't reply to your comment sooner! thank you for your support!~

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