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February 19, 2010
Vol. 51 No. 15

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The December 2006 issue of the Journal of Nature described the plight of six children who have never felt pain due to a rare genetic disorder. While the notion of a life without pain sounds appealing, the health of all six of these children was imperiled because of their condition. Some were burned from sitting on hot radiators, others' broken legs could be detected only because of limping, and -- since they could not feel any difference between soothing mist and blistering steam -- several had suffered serious scalds.
Researchers observed that the children's experience illustrates that pain is an important warning of injury, disease or danger that signals people to save themselves from further injury. Life without that signal is dangerous. Here is a thought worth pondering as the Christian world enters the season of Lent, a time set aside for reflection on and amendment of life: what pain is to the body, guilt is to the soul -- a signal that something is amiss and cries out to be made right.

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