May 5, 2011
Trigeminal Neuralgia and the National Day of Prayer
When I was suffering with the "lightening strikes" of trigeminal neuralgia, I did a lot of praying as well as some bargaining with God. One of the things I promised Him was that I would be grateful forever if He would take the pain.
In my opinion, bargaining with God is ineffective. But when one is desperate, a variety of tactics are employed. I'm glad the Lord saw my faith and desperation and looked beyond my attempt to make a deal with Him.
Almost every day, I go to a private prayer list and pray for individuals who have facial pain and other types of nerve pain. I call each name aloud. With today being the National Day of Prayer, I wanted to focus the day praying for everyone who has face pain, including people whose names I don't know, whose voices I've never heard, and whose emails I have not read.
My day began with prayer, and I felt uplifted and grateful. Then as the day continued, other things commanded my attention. I've had a week full of medical appointments and trips to the pharmacy. A drugstore in my community closed, and the one I use is bursting with business. The good news, however, is that I have a "no co-pay" card for a prescription.
When the cashier told me that "no co-pay" means that I'm responsible for more than $250.00, I became anxious. She continued to check my options, and I began to pray. But this time I prayed for me. I asked the Lord to remind me how small the current issue really is compared to trigeminal or glossopharyngeal neuralgia. With my car in park and a foot on the brake, I closed my eyes and recalled the pain. I remembered that I am blessed. And if you are someone who is suffering, I remembered you.
Hope is the first step to recovery. If your hope is gone and you would like me to call your name when I pray, please contact me via email.
I am thankful to live in a country that allows us to pray.
Have you read With Great Mercy?