the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory

For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. Romans 8:18


The Promise of Hope


He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away. Revelation 21:4


One day, there will be no more pain. One day, it will all be gone. No more sorrow or fear. No more sadness or anxiety. And no more tears.


Paul wrote, “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.” Romans 8:18


When we look toward that first moment in eternity, everything this side of the veil will slide away. The pain and suffering and fear we endure in this life cannot compare with the glory to be revealed.




Those words don’t change our pain here. They don’t take away the hard or ease our suffering, but they are words of hope and of the promise to come – glimpses of the rising sun cresting the horizon.


Today, we groan beneath the weight of life in this fallen, broken, reeling world, but overwhelming joy is just beyond the veil, the moment when the anguish of this world will slip from our shoulders as step into the Presence of the Almighty God.


In This Issue

This issue of Oasis of Hope brings you stories to encourage your day, and share a promise of hope: 

  • Worry and Concern, an allegory by Bettie Gilbert exploring the difficult, fearful, painful, and vulnerable parts of the chronic illness journey
  • Field Notes of Pain by Stefanie Boyce in which she shares her personal journey through grief
  • 21 Ways to Cope with a Chronic Pain Flare by Esther Smith, offering practical, helpful strategies for those difficult seasons
  • Thorns – A Poetry Prompt by Karin Fendick inviting you to write about the thorns in your life
  • Thorns by Gayl Wright, a poem inspired by Karin Fendick’s prompt

We pray these words bless, encourage, and remind you of the joy to come!

May the God of hope fill you with all joy...

Worry and Concern - An Allegory

Are you facing an unknown future that might seem fearsome or lonely? Come along with me for a look into two different ways to face life.

The fictional characters, Worry and Concern, explore the difficult, fearful, painful and vulnerable parts of the chronic illness journey.


"Pain can connect us to one another at a deep level ... sifting all the insignificant away, leaving behind only the things, the people, that matter." Stefanie Boyce

What I Need to Know about Pain

Pain also goes by Depression, last name, Grief. Commonly known as Sadness, Suffering, Agony, Sorrow, or Discomfort. Not to be confused with the rapper, T-Pain.

Pain sucks. No one really likes her. Even exercise people don’t like Pain, they like the results of her. And I think that’s true for non-workout people too. We like the results, the perspective, the beauty we discover lying beneath Pain, but we don’t like Pain itself.


21 Strategies to Cope with Pain Flares

21 Ways to Cope with a Chronic Pain Flare

Chronic pain flares are hard. Practice Esther Smith’s 21 practical, helpful strategies to make them just a little easier. Here are just a few ways:

  1. Get the Grief Out.
  2. Make a Plan.
  3. Set Boundaries and Reduce your Schedule.
  4. Improve the Moment


Thorns - A Poetry Prompt

Thorns – A Poetry Prompt

  • Is there a thorn you can write about? Perhaps you have been hiding it. What is the shape of it? What is the feel of it?
  • What other things are as sharp as thorns? List them. Use them in your poem.
  • Think of the roses in your life. Would you forsake the roses to escape the thorns?
  • Let your words speak directly to the thorn. What would you ask it?
  • What would God say to the thorn?


Thorns - A Poem by Gayl Wright
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