The Priestly Purpose of Pain

flamesBrother Lawrence stated that “God is frequently closer to us in sickness than in health… When pains come from God, only He can heal them. Sometimes a disease of the body will cure a sickness of the soul.” C.S. Lewis said that God whispers to us through our pleasure and shouts at us through our pain.

Could it also be that God uses the pain of one person to speak to another? Perhaps the one who experiences chronic hurt, illness, or pain has the call of God to be a priest or priestess to others, the sickness in their life meant to help heal the sickness in another person’s soul. No one wants to be a priest or priestess of pain, yet we all must yield to God’s call and how He wants to use us.

Pain observed can impact for good.  The observer, who may be in a better place, is reminded that the quality of life is not dependent on the quantity of good things happening, that the blessing of God’s presence and help may shine best in dark times.  Then too, the hurting life of one person can help the hurt of another person, and in the exchange both are helped.  Pain is never intended by God to be wasted!

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.” (2 Corinthians 1:3-4)

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