Pain comes to all of us. It comes in the form of physical, emotional, and mental. The physical pain we get. It’s visible. We understand it. The crutches explain the broken leg and the bed explains the flu. Mental pain we get. It, too, is visible. We may not understand it completely, but we accept it for what it is.

But emotional pain is more elusive. It slips through our fingers when we try to understand it. A broken heart is not healed quickly. We may see the effects of it but cannot readily define it. We just want the pain to go away.

I am not going to pretend I understand the pain of famine, genocide, or the pain of watching a loved one suffer with a terminal illness.

I do understand the pain of losing a child, abandonment, rejection, disappointment, loneliness, discouragement and more.

And I’m not going to tell you, “Pain is pain.” It isn’t.

But I do understand what hope is and how it feels to have it … and not to have it. I also understand how a little encouragement, in a small gesture such as a hand on my shoulder, a smile, or a few caring words, can keep me going for days!

If you’re inclined, it would warm my heart if you were encouraged through my Monday, Wednesday, and Friday passages … real words about real pain … for real people, like you.

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  1. I love it! I love your blog! I’m so glad you’re writing about pain, especially emotional pain. I lost my husband suddenly a little over 4 years ago and that was a new kind of pain for me. Some understood, most didn’t and therefore didn’t know how to help me. I got through it, not over it, but through it, and became a stronger and more compassionate person. So much so that I want to help people through grief. I could go on and on, but I just wanted to say that you have a great blog and I will be a regular reader of it. And you’ve inspired me!

    1. Laura, thank-you so much for your kind words and support of my site! I think there’s a lot of hurting people out there and I’ve got some ideas about making a difference.


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