Thanks, Judith. I need to get this book.
Pain… Ouch! None of us want it, but we do learn, grow, and develop more into what and who God wants us to be.
Most of us who have been in ministry leadership have suffered some major setbacks, disappointments and deep heartaches, but Jesus has used these in our lives.
“Oh Lord, for those out there right now who are experiencing heartaches, please come and minister to them. Reach down and hold their hand and put your loving arms around them. Might they feel you right now…”
A good resource, Seth, is the book Pain: The Gift Nobody Wants by Dr. Paul Brand and Philip Yancey, published in the 90’s.
“This volume presents Brand’s discourse on pain in the form of his memoirs, for he “learned about pain not systematically, but experientially.” Son of British missionaries to India, young Brand observed the native population’s resolute acceptance and bearing of pain. It was the absence of pain in his leprosy patients, observed over 50 years of pioneering medical practice and research in India and the United States, that taught Brand pain’s value. For to live without pain, he concluded, is to live in constant peril of unchecked injury and illness.”
This book ministered to me at a time when I had a lot of questions about the pain in my life: what its purpose was and why God had allowed it.
Yeah- that book is worth getting.
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