Pain Absorbers

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2016

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Key Bible Verse: But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed. (Isaiah 53:5)

Dig Deeper: Isaiah 53

I’ve heard heroic stories of people living pain-absorbing lives. When a prisoner escaped from the Nazi death camp known as Auschwitz, the Nazis chose ten people to die for the escapee’s offence. Franciszek Gajowinczek one of the ten, began to plead for his life, hoping that his captors would spare him because he was a husband and father. They showed no mercy. Also present that day, hearing the desperate man’s pleas, was a man who understood substitution. He was prisoner #16670, a Polish priest by the name of Father Maximilian Kolbe. He asked if he could take the man’s place. The switch was made. Father Kolbe was the last of the ten to die on August 14, 1941.

Or I think of Florence Nightingale, the mother of modern nursing. Born to the well-to-do, she gave her life to serving the poor and sick because she heard the voice of God at the age of nineteen. Knowing a God who left comfort to be with us, she made the same decision and began serving the poor, diseased, and sick in hospitals and infirmaries. She lost much because of her calling – the respect of her parents, her marriage; she even had a mental breakdown. Her life became less so that the lives of others might be more.

– Robert Gelinas in Living Sacrifice


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