Pain is important.
We always want to be recognized when we suffer in pain. Many times we instinctively accuse God of not knowing our pain but looking on Jesus, we know God took on the limitations of time and space, pain and sorrow.
It would’ve been easier for God to abolish pain rather than to share it but pain exists as proof not of God’s lack of concern, but because it has a place in creation significant enough that it cannot be removed without great loss.
God’s identification with our pain is complete.
When He healed people, Jesus chose not to perform miracles en masse, but rather one by one, touching each person he healed individually.
Jesus was setting right what had been disrupted.
When Jesus rose again, He appeared to His disciples in a changed body than one that hung on a cross. But His scars remained. That’s how Thomas’ doubts were set at ease, when he felt the scars in His hands. He carried with Him remembrances of His visit to earth in the form of scars. He absorbed pain and the wounded image of humanity on Himself. Our pain became His. The same way we also carry His death, so that His resurrection may also be revealed in our body.
Contains Some Excerpts from ‘In His Image’
What I liked about the book:
Dr. Paul Brand shares his experiences and thoughts in this book on different functions of blood, the brain, breath, adrenaline and pain; linking it to the church and its function as Christ’s body. As a man who deals majorly with leprosy patients, his insight is truly phenomenal and his testimony, thoroughly encouraging.
We were never created for sickness or death, yet those very things were cursed unto us in our disobedience. The medical journey has not been one that interested me yet several times in the bible Jesus referred to His church as the Body.
I didn’t expect to enjoy this book since it was more for informative purposes but it inspired me personally. I highly recommend this book for those interested in the human anatomy and how it links to Jesus’ commands on us as His Body.
Medicine has, indeed, come a long way.
1. Blood transfusion was messy and taboo in the early stages. 22 orphans made the difference to hundreds and thousands of lives.
2. Prayer is like contact between the healthy and hurting parts.
[…] God yearns for contact with the disparate members of the body. The lack of such contact and the absence of human faith limit the spiritual Body as surely as the lack of a sense like sight limits the entire physical body.
3. Inspire, expire. Breathe in, breathe out.
4. There are may of us hurting not just physically but internally as well, the church is not meant to ostracize but include and accept with love.
5. Respond in obedience and trust even when things appear confusing and contradictory.
6. We must develop a lower threshold of pain by listening truly listening, to those who suffer. The word ‘compassion’ itself comes from Latin words cum and pati, together meaning “to suffer with”. The body poorly protects what it does not feel. Do not resent those who suffer.
7. Stress distribution is important.
8. Pain is important
On a side note: I’m happy I’m healthy. I may be out of shape. But I’m healthy.
Thinking of: Maroon 5’s Maps and CHRISTMAS!
Not thinking of: 2014’s unresolved resolutions.