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Jesus’ head

 
Again and Again
 
they struck Him
 
on the head …
 
Mark 15:19
 
 
 
Recently, during a ferocious migraine, it occurred to me that Jesus also endured head pain.  His head hurt, not only while he was beaten, but also while He was hanging on the cross.  While on the cross, I can imagine Jesus hanging His head down, and when His muscles were so exhausted and taut that He could no longer bear it, raising His head to find relief — relief that could not be found. 
 
The crown of thorns upon His recent head injuries and decreased blood circulation to His brain certaintly added to his pain.  He probably had the worst migraine that anyone has ever endured.  Obviously, Jesus had far greater pain in other parts of His body, but it is comforting to me to know that there is no pain my head feels that Jesus has not felt. 

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You are a shield around me, O Lord;
 
You lift up my head.
 
Psalm 3:3

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In the book To Be Told, Dan Allender, Ph.D., encourages his readers to share their life stories.  In some of my favorite quotes from the book, he says,

We will never come to embrace the heartache of our story until we see it profit another human being.  Even then the sorrow doesn’t leave, but seeing someone benefit from our pain adds hope to that pain, and our gratitude begins to transform the past.”

“It is nearly impossible to feel someone’s pain if we do not know that person’s story.”

After reading this book, I realized that I want to share my story with you.  I have not had a day or a moment without a headache in eighteen years.  The last day I can remember not having a headache was my wedding day, May 25, 1991.  I probably had a few days that summer without a headache, but I didn’t know then to treasure those pain-free times.  Since the winter of 1992, I have felt an incessant headache, all day and all night.  Fatigue constantly accompanies these headaches, and I have had to learn to live with both. 

Over the years, I have had many diagnoses; however, the words we use to define ourselves are powerful and should be chosen carefully.  I do not want any diagnosis to define who I am; God defines who I am.

Thank you for taking the time to read about my journey, and if you are interested in more details, they can be found in the comments section below.  I am thankful that I have found true joy that is larger than my pain.   

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