Thorns: Living with Pain and Finding Help


Many of us deal with pain every day, thorns, if you will. They might be physical, emotional, or a combination. Whatever the problems are, they can often cause us to be discouraged or even fall into depression. 




Everyone has thorns
No matter what shape or size
Trials hit us all

Grief, a thorn like knives
Digging deep into my soul
Doesn’t want to leave

Chronic achiness
Throughout my body pulsing
Tries to keep me down

Friends who suffer pain
Wishing for relief to come
Through the day and night

Some thorns come again
Cancer returns with vengeance
On one who was cured




How do we navigate our way through the thorns? Do we just grit our teeth and push on? Or do we fall into a puddle of tears on the floor?


Do we decide to accept it as normal and live as best we can? Where do we find help?


Psalm 62:7-8 (CSB)

My salvation and glory depend on God, my strong rock.
My refuge is in God.
Trust in him at all times, you people;
pour out your hearts before him.
God is our refuge.


Simple Helps for Some Thorns

some thorns relieved by going outdoors
Photo taken from my front porch.


When Nothing Helps the Thorns

16 thoughts on “Thorns: Living with Pain and Finding Help

  1. Oh Dear Gayl,
    Thank you for sharing such precious thoughts here. Your poem is so beautiful as it moves through so many different ways that thorns can bring pain. And I was moved to tears at the precious thought that in Heaven all those thorns will finally be over. They will have accomplished their final purposes, and we will be so free with Jesus. Your beautiful painting of the comforting sunset that God gave you after son’s funeral is such a blessing. May He continue to bring you such comfort whenever that thorn feels too painful to bear. Sending much love and hugs dear sister/poet/friend. xoxo

    1. Dear Bettie, as always, you are so encouraging to me with your comments. Thank you for being here and for praying for me and being such a good friend. Much love to you with hugs and blessings my dear sister/poet/friend! xoxoxo

  2. Thank you for taking this prompt and not only running with it but challenging others!
    What beautiful words and art bloom out of pain.

    1. Thank you so much, Hadassah! I’m glad you found it comforting. I just thought today that it might be encouraging for people to hear someone reading. It makes it more personal. Blessings to you!

  3. You included Psalm 62 in this post which so beautifully describes what I’m learning to do in my times of trouble…I’m simply pouring out my heart before Him. Thank you for your sweet words. I love your painting of that photo you took. I believe I remember seeing the photo on Facebook that night. I love how you’re using creativity and seeing beauty in God’s creation to process your grief.

    1. Amy, I am also trying to learn to completely lean on God through all my days. I’m glad you like the painting. Yes, it is so helpful in my grieving process to use creativity and God’s creation. Thank you for your kind words. Blessings to you, dear sister!

  4. Thank you dear Gayl for His Words and art and of comfort and encouragement He gave you to share with us…you are ar near and dear to me! Walking this path of trust and Love with you as He leads us on in His own special ways!

    1. Thank you, dear Cathy. I’m so glad it encouraged you. Yes, it’s so much better to love and trust Him than to worry. We can take our worries to Him and He hears and understands. May we continually follow Him. Blessings and love to you! xo

  5. Sending you hugs from across the seas Gayl, from one Mama to another who too knows the pain of losing children….to lose a child, no matter what their age, is a deep thorn of pain in the heart of a Mama…

    God’s loving arms are encircling you in His peace & comfort, may you feel this as you go about your coming days…For He knows the pain of seeing His Son die… ♥
    Bless you,

    1. Dear Jennifer, It really does help to know you understand. It is such a deep pain, but God is good. I do feel His peace and comfort. Thank you so much for your encouraging words. Blessings and love to you! xoxo

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