Woke early, having slept well. Immediate thought was of those of you who are struggling with physical pain, severe physical pain. The mantra that, “Pain is a good thing, it tells you something is wrong; think of the leper etc.” does not work. That is more about others finding a cheap answer to the unease in their own faith about your pain.
Please forgive us, the church, for ever minimising your struggle with pain. Praise God for support groups. Often they are fuller of the presence of Christ than a church with impeccable doctrine. There are others near the isolating borders of your pain with nothing to offer but gentle and faithful presence from their own isolating pain.
The fellowship of those who struggle with physical pain is large, bound together by a gentle, “I know,” where no one makes condemning suggestions on how you should be thinking or reacting or what you ought to try. Praise God for friendships free of “oughts” and “shoulds.” Pain is not the time or place for Christians to “should” on one another. Don’t “should” on yourself or others this day. God bless you somehow.