As my pain awakens me I shall not sleep, for the memories from which my pain was born will keep me company until the sun rises. As I try to get acclimated to this repetitive loop, my new roommate seems to have an issue with touching things that do not belong to him. During our pre-move in meeting at the hospital I was told that he would only have access to my two shoulders, my jaw, my left eye, my right femur bone, my right knee, my right shin, my right ankle, all of my ribs, and my skull, everything else belongs to me, “PAIN FREE!” As time goes by I have come to notice that roommate has gotten too familiar with his new surroundings, for he lurks in places he doesn’t belong. I can’t kick him out because he signed a lifetime lease, but I can take pain meds that will keep him out of places where he shouldn’t be, but at what cost? I do not think that I will ever get comfortable living with pain, but I do appreciate the life that comes with it, for pain is the act of the living…….
“And since we are his children, we are his heirs. In fact, together with Christ we are heirs of God’s glory. But if we are to share his glory, we must also share his suffering.