Wednesday, December 26, 2012

The Sore Shoulder

I have a pinched nerve in my neck which causes pain in my shoulder and down my right arm.  However, if I use very good posture -- keeping my head and shoulders back --the pain seems to go away.  The pain helps to remind me  to do what I should be doing in the first place. . .sitting correctly.

Have you ever noticed sometimes the Lord allows people in our lives who in some way shape or form present pain to us? Maybe they themselves cause us physical or emotional distress or pain, or perhaps they cause it for someone we love --which I think can be harder to bear.  Often we may find ourselves wondering "Why?"  Just why has the Lord allowed this person's influence to be prevalent in our lives?

I sometimes wonder if it isn't because He knows those are the very people who need our prayers the most and for whom we might be most led to pray.  Let's face it, it is the body part which hurts that gets the attention.  Perhaps He knows if this person were not so troublesome to us, we would not remember to pray for them quite as much.

So let us take those opportunities that present themselves, hour b to harbor resentmentsn or frustrations, but to pray for those the Lord has allowed in our paths, even when they may appear as rough stones.

"But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;" Matthew 5:44

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