Broken Wholeness: Hope for Chronic Pain & Depression

If you struggle with chronic pain and depression (or know anyone who does), I hope you’ll be encouraged by this short video that tells my story. As I writer, I’ve wrestled with tendonitis in my wrists for over fifteen years and at times, chronic low back pain. Some seasons worse than others. 

I wrote about my struggle to manage and treat my chronic pain, as well as the dark hole depression I experienced in my book, The Longing: Embracing the Deepest Truth of Who You Are. At times, the chronic pain in my wrists got so bad that the only way I could write was by holding a pen in each hand, hunting and pecking my way on the keyboard.  I wrote 3 200+ page books this way. (Part pathology, I’m sure!)

There were days when I felt like my wrists had been drenched with gasoline and lit on fire. Creating mosaics was one of the pathways that God helped me see the cross of Christ and suffering in a new light. Brokenness on the cross and the promise of wholeness in the resurrection. We are not bulletproof. We’re meant to be honest and authentic in the midst of our struggles. I hope you’ll be able to encourage someone in your life with this video today. (DV5WTPSS3WK2)

I’m curious to know how you have grown and what have you learned through difficult struggles in your life?

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  • Cynthia

    Suffering daily with pain because of Crohn’s disease and scar tissue internally after several surgeries, I am about keeping a Gospel centered Perspective – and sometimes I need many adjustments through a day or month by running to the cross.

    ‘For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles. For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.’ 1 Corinthians 1:18-25 (ESV)

    Seeking opportunity, rather than an inconvenience, in the suffering – and thinking the best as it pertains to God in suffering. Convinced that God’s strength can be perfected through my weakness. 2 Cor. 12:1-10.

    Remembering these two gifts God has given me in suffering; ‘For it has been granted to you that for the sake of Christ you should not only believe in him but also suffer for his sake. – Philippians 1:29 (ESV)

    ‘For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps.’ – 1 Peter 2:21 (ESV)

    Oh, and keep my BLOG running to share with others, and help me with that perspective by putting it in writing!

    No where near perfected… it will be a life long battle, yet I praise God for daily victories.


    • Joey O’Connor

      Those are great scriptures and thoughts you shared Cynthia! We don’t hear much about suffering for Christ in our American culture. What is your blog address?

  • Melissa Martin

    Thank you for sharing so honestly – I love “Broken Wholeness”, such a beautiful image those words conjur up (and the mosaics are beautiful too).

  • Joey O’Connor

    Thank you Melissa for your kind words. I’m glad you were encouraged by the video. I have a couple more mosaics that need finishing…like our lives, lots of unfinished things for God to work on.

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