Keeping The Lamp Burning, Especially During The Blues of Chronic Pain

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“You, O Lord, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light.” (Psalm 18:28)

When things seem tough, it can even seem that escaping this life in whatever way you can, would make things so much easier. There have been times when I have felt that way. Sometimes it just seems so hard to continue to face each day with all the problems it has. I get sick of the pain, or sick of the limitations it puts on my life and sometimes I resent all the changes it has brought and wish that I had my old life back.

I guess in some ways, it’s as if the light has gone out in my life. It feels like a dark and lonely place and even though I may know I don’t want to be there, sometimes it is hard to rise above it, or move on to a better place.

Recently, when feeling like that – I looked to the Psalms to find comfort and came across Psalm 18. It also says:

“He reached down from on high and took hold of me; he drew me out of deep waters. He rescued me from my powerful enemy, from my foes, who were too strong for me.” (Psalm 18:16-17)

David wrote these words when he had been delivered from the hands of Saul and his enemies who wanted to kill him. God reached down and saved him from his enemies – just as He does for me when I feel drawn into the deep dark waters of things that are too strong for me to face on my own.

It is only the Lord who can keep my light burning; who can turn the darkness of my pain into light again and give me the strength to go on.

I want to say along with David: “I love you, O Lord, my strength.” (Psalm 18:1)

About the Author:
Fiona Burrows lives in Melbourne, Australia. She is thankful for the difference God makes in her life as she lives with chronic pain. She enjoys finding time for reading, writing, travel and photography. You can contact her in the Sunroom.

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