St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church
The Lord says, “I will be with them in trouble, I will rescue them and honor them.”
Psalm 91 :15
The one thing we should not do with deep pain is to deny it. We have lost a loved one. It hurts. Our marriage is falling apart. It hurts. The grown child who hasn’t been in touch for months has now forgotten our birthday. It hurts. The parent who never told us “I love you,” or showed love to us in any way, can’t do it now, even at the end of life. It hurts. The person we love will never be part of our lives, because he or she doesn’t want us in their lives. It hurts. Such hurt is part of human life. Denying it is pointless. When our hearts break with such pain, we can turn to God, who understands us, who made us, and who loves us.
We can tell God that we hurt. He will tell us, “I will be with you in trouble, I will rescue you and honor you.” Those words are important. God is not only saying that he will comfort and rescue us in our pain, but he will honor us. He will give us the respect -- the affirmation of our worth – that we didn’t get from parent, child, spouse, or lover. In time, in God’s time, the hurt can heal. In the interim, we can tell him, as often as we need to, that we hurt.
©Carol Dean Henn, 2017