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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


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Feb. 28, 2011 - God’s Pain Reliever

By William E. Richardson

When I was 12, I used my shoulder to try forcing open a porch door. That didn’t work. So, I threw all my strength behind my left palm and pushed. That broke one of the panes of glass in the door. My arm flew through the opening, cutting my forearm the opposite side of my elbow.

Since that day, I’ve known worse physical pain. I’ve also felt a variety of emotional aches life brings.

The Bible says plenty about physical and emotional pain. It offers hope for both. We meet people in the Bible who knew pain. Some lived with disease. The backs of others were cut open by whips. Still others were injured in battle.

The Bible also portrays the sting of being deceived, cheated and losing loved ones to dramatic deaths. The Psalms speak of emotional pain as wounds. They describe sorrow as a pit.

The Bible reveals God’s pain reliever for every type of pain we may feel or face. It’s in the person of Jesus. His pain exceeded ours. He was rejected by His family, sold to His enemies by a close friend, then deserted by the rest of His friends. After being tormented, Jesus suffered a slow, agonizing death by crucifixion.

His pain helps us. “Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; ... But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed” (Isaiah 53:4,5, NKJV).

God never promised to disconnect our nerve cells, thus stopping our physical pain. He never promised to spare us emotional pain by preventing all unpleasantness. Instead, He gave us Jesus. One who can understand our deepest pain because He’s been there.

When you pray to Jesus, He’ll listen. He’ll understand. He’ll help you through it. Go ahead, voice your pain to the One who knows what you feel and who can help.

— William E. Richardson is senior pastor of Afton (Iowa) Assembly of God.



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