The power of pain


Last November, Daniel Cameron had no idea he would be thrust into an international spotlight. He had no idea that as Kentucky’s attorney general he would play a significant role in the explosive racial turmoil of 2020.

Cameron met with our Kentucky Today staff in early December 2019 and talked about his commitment to stand for life and make sure all people are treated with dignity and respect.

None of us knew how far he would be stretched before his first year in office was complete.

I had lunch with a friend the other day who said dealing with the loss of his father had been much more difficult than he ever expected. His father died in May and spent most of his final weeks alone in a hospital room. Family members were kept at a distance only communicating through a nurse by phone.

This year seems to be pain upon pain. Sometimes it has seemed like too much.

Pain has a purpose, though. It is meant to get our attention. Pain alerts us to a problem.

Seeing and sharing the pain of others has been a wake-up call for me. It has been a call to reevaluate what matters most. It has brought on self-reflection and evaluation.

It has moved me to ask myself, “What does Micah 6:8 look like in this year of pain? How can I do justice? How can I love kindness? How am I walking humbly with my God?”

As we approach the final quarter of this painful year, let’s take the surprising, yet important, lessons with us.

Attorney General Cameron said that, as a Black man, he understood how painful the death of Breonna Taylor was to her family and to the community. He said that pain motivated him to uncover every fact and do his best to pursue justice in the case.

Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote, “The end of life is not to be happy, nor to achieve pleasure and avoid pain, but to do the will of God, come what may.”

May the pain of 2020 drive us toward a better day.

BRANDON PORTER is communications director for the Kentucky Baptist Convention and editor of Kentucky Today.


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