Chronic pain and conditions have “plagued” me in some way or form since my preteen years. It has most greatly impacted me during the past 15 years.
My doctors and specialists have conducted all tests imaginable…blood work, MRIs, specialized tests, scans, X-rays, etc.
I have been blessed to have had a few ailments that contribute to my chronic pain: Sacroiliac Joint Disfunction, Sciatica, Gastritis and Rectal Prolapse. They are further complicated by the generic labels that I have been given because my case is atypical (not sure if muscle disfunction, nerve damage or genetic mutation): Pelvic Floor Syndrome, Spastic Colon, Fibromyalgia, Polyarthralgia, and Chronic Pain Disorder.
I provide this backdrop to show how powerful and important prayer has been to me.
🙏 It has been that Rock to cling to when pain is tumultuous…
🙏 That quiet calm in my inner being, as my body screams out in wracking pain…
🙏 The nights on the verge or quiet sobbing, when His peace transcends…
God is our refuge and strength! Reading the Psalms strengthens the urge to pray. We see King David as a great example of someone who prayed…during low points and high points of his life.
It is a 2-way conversation. Especially when we remember to pause during or after our humble thoughts have been expressed.
God provides answers through the Holy Spirit. It can be a quiet calming, a dream, a thought that comes to mind, an unexpected knock on the door.
In clinging to our Rock…Our Lord Jesus Christ…we can triumph and celebrate that constant pain as we turn our pain into a Gift we present to God for his glory.
I have found this technique the most powerful for me. I visualize physically clinging and then relaxing my body as best I can and reflect on giving over the pain (yes okay to speak in detail or general terms).