No More Pain

no painI don’t know about you, but I thank God for doctors. Medical physicians, doctors of dentistry, and chiropractors have all helped me and various members of my family through some physically trying times. Their knowledge of the human body and how to fix what’s wrong has been a big comfort on many occasions.

My sister had major headaches for years. Some days she was unable to function at all. After years of searching, she finally found a clinic that offered her not only hope, but real help. It took a while, and she’s not totally cured yet, but she is light-years better than she was before. She still has some pain, but it is minimal compared to what she previously experienced.

Before she passed away, my mom had arthritis in her hands and wrists. Not just a little touch of it occasionally but full-blown, all-the-time arthritis. The kind where the painful cortisone shots directly into the wrist were worth it because it made the real pain diminish. Eventually, though, the shots were no longer helpful. She was in such pain that she finally had to have a wrist-replacement on one arm, and the other wrist surgically fused in place. Mom was also a quilter. Quilting steps that she once could do in a matter of moments ended up taking much longer, and that’s not to mention the pain involved in doing those steps.

I won’t bore you with my root-canal-gone-bad story, but I’ve never experienced such pain before or since. This from the guy who had stitches in his head at least six different times before reaching the age of ten. I’ve known my share of pain.

Pain is a part of this life. Many of us, especially as we get older, have simply learned to live with it. After all, what else can you do? But in heaven, it’s all gone. Revelation 21:4 says, “neither shall there be mourning nor crying nor pain anymore.”

No more pain. No more little nagging muscle aches. No more broken fingers. No more paper cuts. No more slivers. No more ingrown toe-nails. No more cancer. No more migraines. No pain at all. It’s gone. It’s all gone. That’s heaven. For eternity.

I’m looking forward to that!

(Adapted from Worshiping God in the Hard Times, by Tom Kraeuter, ©2009 Training Resources, Inc., Hillsboro, Missouri. Get your copy at http://training-resources.org/worshiping_god_in_the_hard_times.html)
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