Faith, Hope, and Love: Finding God Within the Pain

I would venture to say that even if you aren’t religious in the traditional sense, most people are familiar with the three graces mentioned in 1 Corinthians 13:13 of the Bible. If you have ever been to a wedding, funeral, or even wandered down the aisles of your local Hobby Lobby these three little words have entered your life; faith, hope, and love.

What does this have to do with psoriatic arthritis?

Now you probably haven’t thought of applying these graces to your psoriatic arthritis journey. Nor are they the first things that come to mind when you are in the throes of a flare just trying to survive the day. But to you, I offer this.

Faith

In the midst of pain, faith can be a little hard to find. It is difficult to believe that I am not alone. I get wrapped up in my pain, and all stuck inside my own head. It is a very lonely place to be. It is those times when I need faith the most. I have to have faith that I am not alone, faith in the reason for pain, and faith that God will see me through it.

Hope

What is life without hope? What is the world without the belief that there is something better, that one day we will have answers, and our pain will end? There is no life without the hope for a cure and the hope for more good days then bad. For me, God is the ultimate giver of hope. His hope is found in the form of support from my friends, the understanding of fellow warriors, and the compassion I see in my husband’s eyes.

Love

Even those who have no belief in God find comfort in His love through the love shown by others. Love can heal so many of the emotional wounds that psoriatic arthritis inflicts on me. When I’m anxious over a new symptom or too focused on what my body can’t do instead of what it can, God’s love helps me carry on. His love allows me to accept my new limitations and manage the anger and hurt inside. He shines a light on the positive, healing powers of love and understanding.

Faith and practicality can live together

Now, I’ve never been one to get involved in philosophical debates. I am by no means a biblical scholar. I’m sure there are millions of ways to interpret the words and insinuations found within. But it is in my perspective that I am able to find comfort. With faith, hope, and love I can focus on the good that I see all around me that comes from the pain of living with psoriatic arthritis.

I see the faith that friends offer as the support and help each other in our forum.

I see hope in the articles that discuss the latest breakthroughs and treatment options.

I see love when I read so many of the wonderful comments left by fellow warriors. Comments that support and inspire me, instead of laughing and criticizing me.

So yes, we may hurt. We may struggle. We may question all that is good in the world. But when it really comes down to it, I know that  I am not alone. I have all of the faith, hope, and love to see me through to the end of my journey.

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  • petospec
    1 year ago

    Yes, yes, faith in God’s help; hope, knowing there is an end to this pain, and love from the source of love, God!

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