THOUGH EACH OF US has a different tolerance level for pain, physical pain is real. How do you handle suffering and pain? If our reaction is frustration, it is as if we are splintered into a thousand pieces. The more you fight pain, the more power you give it. Concentrate instead on gathering all your inner resources and accepting the pain, moving into it, breathing with the waves of pain as they wash over you. Feel into the suffering. Be with the pain. The suffering is as real as ever, but the endurance of pain as a negative power is weakened, and pain becomes an accomplishment for the sufferer.
Simple prayers or mantras become helpful here. “Jesus, Son of God” as you breathe in; “Have mercy on me” as you breathe out. A mantra is a phrase said over and over. Your mantra may be a strengthening Bible verse or prayer. Whether you say it mindfully or parrot-like without giving attention to the words, reciting gives you the opportunity to exert a little control over your pain. You are in charge of it. It is not in charge of you.
- Judy Gattis Smith
Fear Not! Learning from Your Cancer
From pages 58-59 of Fear Not!: Learning from Your Cancer by Judy Gattis Smith. Copyright © 2008 by Discipleship Resources. All rights reserved. Used by permission. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.
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Then Naomi took the child and laid him in her bosom, and became his nurse. The women of the neighborhood gave him a name, saying, “A son has been born to Naomi.” They named him Obed; he became the father of Jesse, the father of David.
Ruth 4:16-17, NRSV
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Did You Know?
Each chapter of Forgiving Your Family contains real-life stories, practical strategies, and encouragement to help you move toward forgiveness. Better communication (while critical) isn’t enough, according to Fischer. Forgiveness requires faith and prayer.
This week we remember Antoinette Brown Blackwell (November 5).
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