With Great Mercy

Finding hope when you have trigeminal neuralgia and other types of pain

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February 13, 2008

And so it was, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed; and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed. But Moses’ hands became heavy; so they took a stone and put under him, and he sat on it. And Aaron and Hur supported his hands, one on one side, and the other on the other side; and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun. Exodus 17:11-12. (NKJV)


My sisters in the Lord, from left to right: Nickii Moore, Merle Silcox, and Thelma Hensley.

Although I have read the Old Testament several times, last week I read something about Moses that caught my attention. Moses stood at the top of a hill with the staff of God in his hands while Joshua fought against the Amalekites. When Moses’ hands and arms grew tired, he could not continue to hold them up. Joshua and the warriors of Israel were victorious as long as Moses could keep his hands up, but when he lowered them (and consequently the staff), the strength of the Amalekites began to overtake Joshua and his army.

Hur and Aaron stood with Moses, on the hill, watching the battle. Their stance was one of commitment, and they understood the power of unity. When Moses’ hands grew so tired he could no longer keep them raised, Aaron and Hur held Moses’ arms up for him. Through their combined strength, the Israelites defeated the enemy.  

Do we still stand with others in the same manner that Hur and Aaron stood with Moses? I do not see unity of this magnitude existing in the body of Christ. I include myself in this observation. Sometimes I hit the mark, understanding that my life is not about me. Most often, though, I make plans that center around my own needs and desires as well as the needs of my family members. In other words, I’m busy.

The account of Aaron and Hur has helped me understand that standing with someone, a church leader or a brother or sister in Christ, is more than praying with him or her. It might mean staying by someone’s side during a tough time or assisting them with their responsibilities. Defeating the enemy requires a common strength and energy and the commitment to lend my own strength to someone in need.

Aaron and Hur understood the significance of the battle against Amalek. God does not give us insight into everyone’s battle, but at times He calls us to stand with others while their battle rages.

Few people understand the intensity of neuropathic pain or trigeminal neuralgia that can rage within an individual’s face. I cannot take this pain from someone, but I understand the significance of it. When I endured this pain, my mother held my arms up for me. I remember her getting me out of my bed and having me stand. She stood with me. At times we had a third person stand with us, but most often it was my mother who held my hands up while the battle raged. Praise God, she would say. Don’t accept defeat.

If you are standing alone in your battle against facial pain, our members will help support you in prayer and friendship. We can’t take your pain from you, but we will hold your arms up. If you do not want to accept defeat, we will stand with you.

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