Tag Archives: Pain

4:00 pm Today

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To listen to this reflection as a podcast, click here. Jerks definitely make the world a more interesting place. Gary Larson likewise made the world far more interesting during the 15 years that his Far Side cartoons ran in syndication in more than 1,900 newspapers. Larson is now 72 years old and retired from the craft that made him globally famous.  He put down… Read more »

The Parable of the Stranger

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To listen to this reflection as a podcast, click here..The most telling argument against the Judeo-Christian understanding of the world is the silence of God. Prayers go unanswered.  Children get sick and die.  Dictators drag their countries into meaningless wars.  Natural disasters claim thousands of lives. I recently had lunch with a friend who has had enough.  The last two years of his… Read more »

The Problem of Pain

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Every week seems to be a heartrending week. If you watch your local news, the First Awful Story is almost always about a murder, a shooting, a child abduction, a housefire, a missing person, or a rape.  Then come the Covid metrics.  The virus at the center of the pandemic has now claimed almost six million lives globally, and 907,500… Read more »

The Surprising Gift of Pain

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Eleven years ago, a 25-year-old Oklahoma resident named Kristi Loyall noticed that her right pinky toe kept going numb.  During a doctor’s visit she was dismayed to learn that she had a rare soft tissue tumor called an epithelioid sarcoma.  Her heart sank when her physician told her that in order to save her life he would have to amputate… Read more »

Pain and Hope

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In 1898, a German scientist believed he had discovered the Holy Grail of pain relief. Heinrich Dreser, who worked as a chemist for Bayer – the corporation that had created a remarkable new drug called aspirin – was hoping to synthesize a painkiller that wouldn’t lead to addiction. The world had long known about morphine, the powerful, naturally-occurring opioid.  But… Read more »