Friday, April 4, 2008

First Aid for Pain

I am laying here on the bed this afternoon, dealing with some of the worse pain I have had since the surgery on Friday. My leg is propped up on three pillows and is covered with an ice blanket.

A few minutes ago, my wife took a small box out of the basket beside my reclining chair. The box is labeled First Aid Strips. Below the label is a message that reads: Contains inspirations, messages, and quotes. Apply directly to the mind.

This box contains small laminated “band aids,” each having a handwritten Bible verse or encouraging message. It was assembled by a member of our school/church staff and contains entries from both staff members and students.

After my wife read through the messages, she handed the box to me (I’ve read them each several times since receiving the box several days ago.) and agreed that I should share some of these messages on this blog.

Here is a sampling.

You are a living testimony of strength, faith and love of someone who has Christ indwelling in his heart. I am truly blessed to have you as a brother in Christ. (Please note that it is not about me, but Christ who lives in me.)

You have been in my daily prayers. I hope and pray that you get enough strength to get through everything. God will take care of you.

Matthew 10:30-31. Jesus said, “But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows.” Yeah, He loves you that much!

Hope you get better real soon and I am praying for you every night.

I hope and pray that your relationship with Christ is still growing and those that see you see a difference. I know I do.

You have encouraged me more than you will ever know. Hang tough this week. God is always good.

I can’t begin to comprehend what you have been through. God is so great and mighty. He will be with you this week as He has been with you through this whole ordeal.

It is great to receive encouragement from others. And it is important to take time to encourage others.

The message on these “first aid strips” may not take away my pain, but they certainly help me to endure the pain with the right focus and right heart attitude.

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