He shall call upon me, and I will answer him …
— Psalm 91:15
Right where pain seems to operate, the presence of God is …
— The Science of Mind, page 223
Right Where the Pain Is
Sometimes I keep in contact with people by telephone because if I can’t visit with them often in person, by phone I can at least find out how they’re doing! On one such occasion when I called a friend, she told me, “Oh, am I suffering! My legs feel as though they are being crushed, and I can’t move!”
“Right where the pain is, God is,” I said.
“What did you say?”
“Whenever you have pain of any kind, say, ‘Right where the pain is, God is,’ and the pain will go away,” I answered.
The next time I spoke with her, she gleefully reported, “I did what you suggested. I said, ‘Right where the pain is, God is,’ and the leg pains disappeared and haven’t been back.”
Another example of the power in recognizing that God is where the pain is comes from a story about my 89-year-old mother. She is a remarkable woman — alert, mobile, and independent. She does, however, get aches and pains. Last week she called and told me of some heart pains she was having and I suggested to her, “Say, ‘Right where the pain is, God is.” She really had never tried my solutions before, so I released the matter and went about my business. You can imagine my surprise when the phone rang later and my mother said, “I tried saying what you suggested, and the pain went away immediately.” Three weeks later she reported that the pain had never returned.
If I find myself in any pain — mental, physical, or spiritual —
I know this truth: I do not have to give power to that pain because,
“Right where the pain is, God is!”