Your Pain Is My Pain

Friday, January 3

1-3By Kathi Clothier Angeroth of Stanton, Nebraska, USA

…and live in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

—Ephesians 5:2

I took my seat in the dentist’s chair, waiting to have my wisdom teeth removed. I was nervous, but I felt blessed with a gentle, young surgeon who put me at ease with his big smile and warm eyes. His unhurried, focused attention inspired me to want to give everyone in my life the same gift.

When the procedure was over, he complimented me and told me how well I had done. With just a hint of frustration, he added, “Most people don’t handle this as well.” Suddenly, I saw everything from his perspective instead of mine. I thought about how difficult this caring doctor’s job must be every day.

At that moment, I chose to redouble my efforts to be a friendly, happy light to all my health-care providers. I wanted to be the patient who is a respite from the others. I extended my goal to do the same when I interacted with waiters, mechanics, my students, and strangers.

I returned to the same surgeon a year later for a different procedure, and I felt prompted to extend my mission further. During the entire procedure I closed my eyes and prayed for him, for his life, his family, for whatever he might need. This experience was wonderful as I focused not on my condition, but on this kind person caring for me.

I want to try always to treat people the way I think Jesus would. I want to be the hands, feet, and voice of kind Jesus—to be an instrument of comfort and joy for everyone I meet.

Prayer for Peace
“Take my hands, Lord Jesus; let them work for you, make them strong and gentle, kind in all I do. Touch me with your Spirit, till I’m gentle, too, till my hands are kind hands, quick to work for you.”

from the hymn, “Jesus’ Hands Were Kind Hands”

Spiritual Practice: Open Hands
Stand or sit with your hands extended in front of you. Prayerfully ponder all that you hold in your hands that makes you feel too full, busy, drained, or closed. Spread your hands up and apart to release these burdens, then hold them open and empty them again. Thank God for relationships that fill and feed your spirit. Pray for a generous heart and open hands that reach out to make room for all in the circle of Christ’s community.

Peace Covenant
Today, God, I will unclench my fist to offer peace.

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  1. Susan Gregory

     /  4 January 2014

    Love your idea, I often pray for my medical providers while I am under their care. Let’s hope it’s contagious!!! Susan

    Lord, when did we ever see you hungry and feed you?

    Or thirsty and give you something to drink?

    Or a stranger and show you hospitality?

    Or naked and give you clothing?

    When did we ever see you sick or in prison and visit you?

    And the King will say, I tell you the truth,

    when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters,

    you were doing it to me! — Matthew 25:37-40

  2. Diane Akers

     /  3 January 2014

    Very wonderful words——–comfort to both giver and receiver.

  3. Janet Merritt

     /  3 January 2014

    Thank You Brad. I really needed that and to subscribe. I have not been doing well at all with this pain. Please Pray for me Brad. Janet Merritt

  4. btrflz

     /  3 January 2014

    What a simply beautiful message we can all relate to!! Sharon Norris

    From my Android phone on T-Mobile. The first nationwide 4G network.


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