Pain and God


Pain shows up in different ways for each person. It can be physically, emotionally, mentally or spiritually.  When it comes into the lives of loved ones we pray, talk, and encourage each other to lean on God’s wisdom when the pain doesn’t make sense.

There are some, however, who do not confess their pain to others in their lives. They wear a facade, claim to be fine, all the while aching for relief inside.

After a while, the pain becomes “the new normal” and they wake and sleep with it. Never realizing that pain has begun to fester like an infection in their hearts. The pain has become bitterness and is now spreading to those around the hurting person.

Scripture is clear that healing is available through Christ (Matthew 4:23). We just need to confess that we need it. Jeremiah 33:6 says, I will bring health and healing to it; I will heal my people and will let them enjoy abundant peace and security. 

We we also have the ability to speak words of healing to our brothers and sisters. While it may not be healing through reconciliation with the hurt-er, it can be a balm. Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones (Proverbs 16:24). 

The ultimate lesson, that can sometimes be the hardest one, is realizing the one who is broken and in pain may never seek forgiveness for the way they hurt others.

Should this happen, seek help with how to handle it. This help may be from a trusted friend, a mentor or pastor, or a counselor. Do not allow the broken of someone else be taken as a mantle on your shoulders. Lay it at the feet of God.

O Best Beloved, only God can bring healing. Only God can reunite broken loved ones, only God can help us release the pain and suffering in our spirits.

Only God.

So, I ask you, what do you need to seek healing for? What do you need to ask forgiveness for?

Join me in praying for the reconciliation that can only come from the Throne Room of God:

Heavenly Father, 

Hear our hearts. You see the pain, the hurt, the anger, the sense of wanting to write off that person from our lives. But, Heavenly Father, we are called to be at peace with You and with others . Help us remember that peace with is doesn’t mean being beaten down by others, but to make sure our actions aren’t causing strife. Help us find healing and promote healing in our broken world. Amen.

About gretchenr17

Wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend. Writer, farmer, fellow sojourner... at every turn I learn a bit more about God's wild mercies.
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