“No More Pain”

June 15, 2017

Balloon over Lancaster County farm 6/14/17 (Click to enlarge)
Early yesterday morning as we arrived for our first chaplain visit we saw the bright colored hot air balloon flying over the farm across the street along Strasburg Pike.
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“No More Pain”

Message summary: Today’s message is the fourth in a series based on Revelation 21:4 and that which we’ll not see or experience in heaven when “the former things have passed away”. Today we consider pain.

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“And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away” (Revelation 21:4).

There will be a day with no more tears, no more pain, and no more fears
There will be a day when the burdens of this place,
Will be no more, we’ll see Jesus face to face

Many years ago I read a book titled “The Gift Of Pain” written by Dr. Paul Brand, a medical doctor who worked with leprosy patients. Brand begins with the proposition “A world without pain, can such a place exist? It not only can—it does. But it’s no utopia. It’s a colony for leprosy patients: a world where people literally feel no pain, and reap horrifying consequences as a result.  His work with leprosy patients in India and the United States convinced Dr. Paul Brand that pain truly is one of God’s great gifts to us.

Dr. Brand probes the mystery of pain and reveals its importance. As an indicator that lets us know something is wrong, pain has a value that becomes clearest in its absence. The book provides a helpful perspective but when you’re experiencing pain it still hurts and it’s hard to conceive pain as a blessing!

Rather pain is something we seek hard to avoid. “Pain killing” medicines are big business.

The first Biblical reference to pain was following the transgression in The Garden of Eden when God said to Eve,  “I will greatly multiply your pain in childbirth, in pain you will bring forth children” (Genesis 3:16).

We’ve all known pain and for some it’s a present reality. Hardly a day goes by in the course of our chaplaincy work that there’s not a discussion about pain. Many people go to work every day dealing with pain, often chronic in nature. There are many levels of pain as anyone enduring pain knows when visiting a doctor the nurse asks, “From 1-10 what is your pain level?” Of course there’s the dull pain, thumping pain, sharp pain, excruciating pain, unbearable pain and on and on the list goes.

Revelation 21:4We normally think of pain in the physical but there’s emotional pain, spiritual pain and relational pain. Most of us have experienced all the above. And then as you age you face yet a different kind of pain associated with the aging process! Bill and Gloria Gaither touch on this in the third stanza of their hymn, “Because He Lives”. They wrote, “…I’ll fight life’s final war with pain” speaking of the pain that comes on our death bed before we draw our final breath .

In a message from the “Our Daily Bread” devotional (July 21, 2011) we read:

“Where is God when it hurts? He has been there from the beginning. He designed a pain system that, in the midst of a fallen world, bears His stamp. He transforms pain, using it to teach and strengthen us if we allow it to turn us toward Him.

He has hurt and bled and cried and suffered. He has dignified for all time those who suffer, by sharing their pain. But one day He will gather the armies of heaven and will unleash them against the enemies of God. The world will see one last terrifying moment of suffering before the full victory is ushered in. Then God will create for us a new, incredible world. And pain will be no more (Revelation 19:11–22:6).”

One of the great features of heaven is summed up in the words “no more pain”. That’s hard to imagine but it’s based on the authority of God’s Word making it altogether true!

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying manDaily prayer: Father, there are many kinds of pain that we will endure over our lifetime. Physical pain is prevalent in the average person and tells us when all is not right in our bodies.  We thank You, Father, for the built in warning signs that come from our nervous system. We may not like its painful message but it’s part of Your plan to protect us and a guide to others, such as parents of young children, caregivers, and medical personnel as they administer appropriate treatment for the painful symptoms we endure. We look forward to the day when sin will be no more and we will have no more pain due to disease, accidents, violence, abnormalities, or aging. Give us coping skills to endure pain and faith to believe that You are with us in the midst of our pain. In many instances You use it to get our attention and as an example to those looking on as to how we, as believers, deal with these undesirable circumstances. It’s for Your glory and our growth that even pain can be used to draw us nearer to You. In the name of Jesus we pray. Amen.

Neuroscience for Kids  You may not like it, but we need pain. Pain acts as a warning system that protects you. Pain says, “Warning, Warning….stop what you doing and do something else”. For example, if you have your hand on a hot stove, pain tells you to stop touching the stove and remove your hand. In this way, pain protects your body from injury (or further injury if you have already hurt yourself). Pain also helps healing…because an injury hurts, you rest.

There are some people who are born WITHOUT the sense of pain. These people have a rare condition called “congenital insensitivity to pain”. Their nervous systems are not equipped to detect painful information. You may think this is a good thing….it is NOT. Without the ability to detect painful events, you would continue to cause injury to yourself. For example, if you broke a bone in your arm, you might continue using the arm because it did not hurt. You could cause further injury to your arm. People with congenital insensitivity to pain usually have many injuries like pressure sores, damaged joints and even missing or damaged fingers!

I (Brooksyne) have visited several times with a man, now in his thirties, institutionalized because he has “congenital insensitivity to pain”. He is self-abusive in large part because he feels no pain associated with his harmful actions. He swallows things that would be painful for us to swallow and many times it results in his having surgeries to remove the objects. Sadly he must be monitored continuously around the clock due to this major disorder. When I read the above description I thought immediately of this young man. And, yes, hard as it is for me to admit, my pain is truly a blessing and help to me in many ways.

Note: Although there are five “no mores” in the text we considered crying Monday in the message “No More Tears”.

Old-order team farming 6/14/17
Late yesterday morning when we arrived for our 4th company visit we saw this farmer leading his team. Look carefully and you’ll see a male and female helper sitting in front of him dropping plants into the freshly plowed field near New Holland, PA.

Today’s Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

“Just Be Held”  Video  Casting Crowns

“When The Tears Fall”  Video   Newsboys

“There Is Coming A Day”  Video  The Talleys

“There Will Be A Day”  Video  Jeremy Camp

“He Giveth More Grace”  Video  Larry Ford  This song was written by Annie Johnson Flint in 1941. Annie is one who knew intense crippling pain from rheumatoid arthritis. Institutionalized most of her life she wrote many poems of inspiration encouraging those undergoing trial. Due to her severe arthritic condition she could not strike the keys of a typewriter with her fingers but used her fist to type the words to many of her poems. The most famous, “He Giveth More Grace” has inspired millions who deal with affliction and suffering.

We are always pleased to hear how our messages impact others. Yesterday we received this note:

Today you have encouraged me and my family beyond words. We have been sitting by the bedside of my father in his dying hours for 5 days now, and becoming overwhelmed by sorrow. In a moment of needing to break away and come back to reality I stepped outside to check my email. In a moment somewhere between falling apart and checking in on the rest of the world your email “no more sorrow” came across my inbox.

Your message of hope could not cut any deeper in our moment, in my sorrow, thru my pain. I’ve shared this incredible encouragement with my family today. Thank you so, so much for your amazing ministry.

Please join us in praying for this man and his family during this most difficult time.

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