Quotes on Prayer

June 16, 2006
  • "When one is in very great pain and fear, it is extremely difficult to pray coherently, and I could only raise my mind in anguish to God and ask for strength to hold on." – Sheila Cassidy
  • "God insists that we ask, not because He needs to know our situation, but because we need the spiritual discipline of asking." – Catherine Marshall

Quotes on Trials

June 16, 2006
  • "Though trials come, though fears assail, though tests scarce understand, one truth shines clear; it cannot fail. My God is right and good." – Hager
  • "I don't pray that you may be delivered from your troubles. Instead, I pray that God will give you the strength and patience to bear them." – Brother Lawrence

Quotes on Pain

June 16, 2006
  • "God whispers to us in our conscience, speaks to us in our joys, and shouts to us in our pain." – CS Lewis
  • "Pain was not given thee merely to be miserable under; learn from it, turn it to account." – Thomas Carlyle
  • "Pain is life – the sharper, the more evidence of life." – Charles Lamb
  • "Jesus did not come to explain away suffering or remove it. He came to fill it with His Presence." – Paul Claudel
  • "Bodily pain affects man as a whole down to the deepest layers of his moral being. It forces him to face again the fundamental questions of his fate, of his attitude toward God and fellow man, of his individual and collective responsibility and of the sense of his pilgrimage on earth." – Pope Pius XII
  • "Everywhere a greater joy is preceded by a greater suffering." – St. Augustine
  • "I take comfort in the fact that somehow, in the mysterious resources of the human spirit, even pain can serve a higher end." – Dr. Paul Brand

Bible Verses about the Human Body

June 16, 2006
  • "Everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving." (1 Timothy 4:4)
  • "For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful I know that full well." (Psalm 139: 13-14)
  • "Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights." (James 1:17)

Quotes on Attitude

June 16, 2006
  • "We cannot always choose our path in life, but we can choose how we will walk in it – as victims or victors." – Minnie S. Davis
  • "Pain is inevitable, but misery is optional."
  • "Every day might not be good, but there's some good in every day."
  • "The greatest discovery of my generation is that human beings, by changing the inner attitdes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives." – William James
  • "Gratitude is the single response most nourishing to health." – Dr. Hans Selye
  • "To a very large extent, the course of healing in any individual patient depends on what takes place in the mind. The challenge of medicine is to find a way to harness the awesome powers of the mind in recovery." – Dr. Paul Brand
  • "The only cure for suffering is to face it head on, grasp it 'round the neck, and use it." – Mary Craig
  • "I use the term 'pain intensifiers' for responses that heighten the perception of pain within the conscious mind. These intensifiers – fear, anger, guilt, loneliness, helplessness – may have more impact on the overall experience of pain than any prescription drug you might take." – Dr. Paul Brand
  • "The presence of a caring person can have an actual, measurable effect on pain and healing." – Dr. Paul Brand
  • "One of the most important gifts we in the health profession can offer our patients is hope, thereby inspiring in the patient a deep conviction that inner strength can make a difference in the struggle against pain and suffering." – Dr. Paul Brand
  • "Sufering is only intolerable when nobody cares. One continually sees that faith in God and his care is made infinitely easier by faith in someone who has shown kindness and sympathy." – Cicely Saunders

Quotes on Pain from Where is God when it Hurts? by Philip Yancey

June 16, 2006
  • "I have come up with four 'frontiers' where every suffering person will do battle: the frontiers of fear, helplessness, meaning, and hope." (p. 174)
  • "One of the most important things we can do for a suffering person is to restore a sense of meaning or significance to the experience." (p. 203)
  • "All that the downtrodden can do is go on hoping. After every disappointment, they must find fresh reason for hope." – Alexander Solzhenitsyn (p. 214)

Quotes on Pain from When We Hurt by Philip Yancey

June 16, 2006
  • "Pain does not occur in the abstract – no sensation is more personal or more importunate." – Dr. Paul Brand (p. 9)
  • "Offer your pains to God. Pray for the strength to endure. Above all, develop a habit of conversing often with God. Adore Him in your infirmities. At the very height of your suffeig, ask Him humbly and affectionately (as a child to a good parent) to help you accept His will." – Brother Lawrence (p. 12)
  • "Pain is not the enemy, but the loyal scout announcing the enemy…Pain truly is the gift nobody wants." – Dr. Paul Brand (p. 20)
  • "Pain is a priceless essential gift – of that I have no doubt. And yet only by learning to master pain can we keep it from mastering us." – Dr. Paul Brand (p. 23)
  • "Pain has no 'outside' existence. Two people can look at the same tree; no one has ever shared a stomachache. This is what makes the treatment of pain so difficult. None of us – doctor, parent, or friend – can truly enter into another person's pain. It is the loneliest, most private sensation." – Dr. Paul Brand (p. 34)

Bible Verses about Pain and Suffering

June 16, 2006
  • "Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when His glory is revealed." (1st Peter 4:12-13)
  • "He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away." (Revelations 21:4)
  • "News about him spread all over Syria, and people brought to him all who were ill with various diseases, those suffering severe pain, the demon-possessed, those having seizures, and the paralyzed, and he healed them." (Matthew 4:24)
  • "This suffering is all part of the work God has given you. Christ, who suffered for you, is your example. Follow in his steps." (1 Peter 2:21)
  • "Along with Paul, I stake my hope on resurrection, a time when Christ will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body." (Philippians 3:21)
  • "Your Father knows what you need before you ask." (Matthew 6: 8)
  • "I can do everything through Him Who gives me strength!"  (Philippians 4:13)
  • "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." (2 Corinthians 2:9)
  • "Yet I am always with you; You hold me by my right hand.  You guide me with Your counsel, and afterward You will take me into glory…My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever."  (Psalm 73:23-24, 26)
  • "Neither this man nor his parents sinned," said Jesus, "but this happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life." (John 9:3)
  • "Don't be afraid of the things which you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested; and you will have oppression for ten days. Be faithful to death, and I will give you the crown of life." (Revelations 2:10)
  • "Even though you meant harm to me, God meant it for good, to achieve his present end." (Genesis 50:20)
  • "Praise the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits—who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases." (Psalm 103:2-3)
  • "I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us." (Romans 8:18)

Bible Verses about Youth

June 16, 2006
  • "Do not let anyone treat you as if you are unimportant because you are young. Instead, be an example to the believers with your words, your actions, your love, your faith, and your pure life." (1 Timothy 4:12)

Bible Verses about Comfort and Protection

June 16, 2006
  • "Comfort me with your love, as you promised me, your servant." (Psalm 119:76)
  • "The Lord is my strength and shield. I trust Him and he helps me. I am very happy, and I praise him with my song." (Pslm 28:7)
  • "I hope my words and thoughts please you. Lord, you are my Rock, the one who saves me." (Psalm 19:14)
  • "I am in pain and distress; may your salvation, O God, protect me." (Psalm 69:29)
  • "Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles, they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint." (Isaiah 40:31)
  • "The Lord is my light and my salvation – whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life – of whom shall I be afraid?" (Psalm 27:1)
  • "Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go." (Joshua 1:9)
  • "Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you." (1 Peter 5:7)