Pain Taker

“If you’ve got pain, He’s a pain taker. If you feel lost, He’s a way maker. If you need freedom or saving, He’s a prison-shaking Savior. If you’ve got chains, He’s a chain breaker.”

People love to bash social media but I’ve had some very interesting encounters on it. A particularly special one happened not long after I “got on” Facebook and downloaded Messenger.

I opened Facebook one day to find a very, very long message that started like this, “Are you Penny who used to be Penny Langley? If so, I am ***** the girl who was with your sister the night she died.”

The message went on to tell how this young woman had lived 20 something years with the burden and pain of feeling responsible for my sister’s death. Wow. I copied the message and sent it to two of my brothers. We were all in awe and I couldn’t wait to write our reply: “Lay it down girl. Lay it down. We forgave you a long time ago.”

I went on to tell her that each of us had laid our pain at the Savior’s feet a long time ago and didn’t carry the burden any longer.  We were horrified that she had carried it so long.  Do you carry a burden?

Lay it down. Jesus Christ is the pain taker.  He’s our burden barer. Jesus Christ came to take from us the weights and burdens that life heaps on us. The weights that we were never created to carry. He came to restore all that Satan has stolen and tried to destroy. To restore us and give us Life with a capital L-IF we’ll lay it down.

I had a realization after watching The Passion of the Christ. If you haven’t watched it, I suggest you do. And when you do and you endure the scenes of His intense suffering, ask yourself this question, “Is what I did, didn’t do, endured, subjected someone to, more heinous than the beating He received to pay the price for sin?”

If you think it is, you think too much of yourself. There is nothing on Earth that any of us have ever done-and we’ve done some terrible things- that deserve more punishment than what Christ took on the cross-so quit the self-inflicted punishing. Lay it down at His feet and thank Him for what He did for you and then show your intense gratitude by living life again-with a capital L in thanksgiving and share the message like I did to my sister’s poor friend:

“If you’ve got pain, He’s a pain taker. If you feel lost, He’s a way maker. If you need freedom or saving, He’s a prison-shaking Savior. If you’ve got chains, He’s a chain breaker.”

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