Every human being is familiar with pain. Sometimes our very lives seem like one giant maze of incessant pain, threatening to stifle the present, to blur the future and to render the past meaningless.

Pain is ubiquitous, invasive and multi-faceted. Usually it manifests itself in many forms: economic pain, psychosocial pain, physical pain and emotional pain – all triggered by countless factors. Pain can be sharp or dull; chronic or sporadic, predictable or unpredictable. Sometimes pain is unwarranted, unsolicited and unfair. Often co-morbid conditions such as anxiety and depression overlap with spells of pain.

Everybody has an inherent aversion to pain because we were not created for pain. John, the Revelator, writing under inspiration, encourages believers with this promise: “And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes…neither shall there be any more pain,” (Revelation 21:4).
For ages, human beings have endeavored to understand pain and to find some sort of rationale for this seemingly pointless imposition upon all humanity. Because it is such an enigma, pain can become a source of anger and resentment against God. But pain may not be as pointless as it seems. It is through physical pain that our bodies alert us and inform us that something is wrong at the source of that pain. If we touch a hot iron, we immediately jerk our hand away to avoid further damage. Sadly, people who have leprosy do not have this ‘blessing.’ As the disease ravages the body, particularly the extremities, the person loses all feeling of pain. They can step on a nail and feel nothing. Only the sight of blood might indicate to them that they have hurt themselves. They can touch a hot iron and not feel anything until the smell of burning flesh alerts them. But still they experience the pain of not having pain. That is why surgeons endeavor to rebuild the tissues in the damaged areas, to restore the ability to feel pain again. As such, pain remains a mystery. But we can decide what to do with it. http://youtu.be/MWkIVDKfh9w

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