Yes, we pray for them, yes we intercede, but long and short, we still have difficulty navigating life when pain is a constant companion.
It helps to know that Jesus takes our pains and sufferings on himself. Still, there is no denying the truth of the situation when you are hurting, "I HURT".
That has the potential of driving a wedge. Which side we end up on is the issue. One side is clinging to the settled payment for our pain, the cross of Christ, the healing that is the Fathers Bread, the understanding that this too will pass.
The other side of the wedge is resentment, faith deteriorating, anger, distance, removal from intimacy with Jesus. The pain causes us to step away, not toward. That's not condemnation, it's a fact of life.
Only when we are face to face with the very end of our life do we often run spiritually to HIM. Not deathbed conversions, recognition that HE is all there is.
There is no other hope, no other solace, no other way than that.
I asked the Father this morning.. here's the impression I got:
"Even when you think you are far from me, that you have drifted, I am not far from you. I said I would never leave or forsake you, and I haven't changed. I am the unchanging God who created everything you see, feel or touch. Your pain and suffering is not without my attention. Some is an attack of the enemy of your soul and some is because it is appointed unto man... Yet I will be there waiting when you return to me and I will refresh you like the spring rain. Your pain is temporary, I am eternal. Don't lose hope, don't give up, focus on eternal things and not the temporal. It's where I live.. in eternity."