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The Shape of Pain

My wife Kelly is our guest blogger on this

Day 21 of the Grace Challenge

My life has been shaped by pain.

I was 11 when it became a daily companion. At first it was restricted to my feet and back, and meant adaptive P.E. Classes, physical therapy, and occasionally crutches. As time passed, I got better at adapting. About 10 years ago, the pain became more widespread and more challenging to manage. This month has been particularly bad.

If you read the Grace Challenge post on the 20th, you will remember that Steve ended the post by saying we need to flesh out our gratitude, and one simple way to do that is to pray a simple prayer, thanking God for how He has made us. I’m sure there have been times in all of our lives when that is a difficult prayer to pray. For me, it’s the laying in bed at 2 in the morning unable to sleep because of the pain, but over the years, I’ve learned to be very thankful for how I was made and that I serve a God who is in the business of redeeming.

God redeems, He takes what is broken, twisted, imperfect, and works with it to bring about good. In His hands we can all be used to bring Him glory. I find great comfort in that fact. Comfort in knowing that God can redeem and use pain, to transform me, to understand another, to bring Him glory.

We may struggle to give thanks in all things, but we can always give thanks that we serve a God who can take those struggles and make them good. And as we do that, as our gratitude becomes focused not on what we are giving thanks for…but on who we are giving thanks to, we are transformed.

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