Singing Through the Pain

By Patrick Hawthorne


I couldn’t help it.  The words had barely escaped the Pastors lips when my mind went into production mode.  Yes, I had a reel to reel movie playing within the confines of my cranium when I should have been focused on the message of God’s Word.  Let me digress for a moment.

The message was outstanding.  Pastor Paul Troquille, a missionary to Africa and longtime member of my church, was ministering on how to not let the Grinch steal our Christmas.  With his staple humor combined with heart wrenching truths, Pastor Paul ministered on how the Christmas season is a time when the devil takes delight in kicking up a ruckus in the minds of Gods’children.

As Pastor Paul continued his message, he spoke of the Apostle Paul and Silas.  The two had just been beaten and thrown into prison.  The atmosphere was anything but calming.  The nauseating stench of sweat, urine, and feces lay thick in the air. Darkness so thick, one could not make out the image of their hand though it was only an inch away.  Rats as big as dogs competing for the few scraps disguised as food.  Yet, instead of focusing on their misery, the two men of God chose to worship.  They chose to elevate the name of Jesus above their circumstances. * And then he said it… “They were singing through the pain.”

In my mind I busted out laughing. I didn’t mean for it to happen.  It just did.  In that moment, I envisioned the Apostle Paul and Silas doing a dance number to the song, “Singing in the Rain.”

“Hey Silas.”

“Yeah, Paul.”

“How’s your back doing?”

“Eh…It hurts, but I will be alright. How about you?”

“Same…Those rods sure hurt don’t they.”

“Yes sir. They do.”


“Yeah, Paul?”

“Ya know…we never did get to finish our prayer service.”

“Yes sir…Those Roman’s sure messed up those plans.”

“Well…how about we just pick up where we left off.”

“You mean…?”

“Yes, Silas. We’re singing through the pain.”

Cue the music….

*Acts 16:16-24

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18 comments on “Singing Through the Pain
  1. buffalotompeabody says:

    A wonderful and timely message for us all. 👍👍

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Jules says:

    I absolutely love this, it’s only the joy that comes from knowing we are in His hands no matter where else we are than can keep us singing. Thank you. I am going to keep that little phrase for the bad spots – pull it out and remember to rejoice always!


  3. Ufuomaee says:

    Ummm… I’m not sure what the message is here. Are you saying it’s unrealistic to sing through the pain, or it is the right mindset to have when going through trials?


    • Are you familiar with the movie and/or song, “Singing in the Rain” with Fred Astaire? It was the manner in which the Pastor said, Singing through the pain that made me laugh. As I wrote, I saw in my mind Paul and Silas doing a dance routine to the song, Singing in the Rain.

      If you are not familiar with the song or the movie, I can see where the confusion might come in. It is definitely about having the right mindset when going through trials.

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  4. SLIMJIM says:

    I can picture you laughing, one of those godly laughter in the middle of a semon when the point strikes home! What a thought that Paul and Silas worshipped Him in their pain!

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  5. dawnlizjones says:

    “They chose to elevate the name of Jesus above their circumstances.” It’s a choice! GREAT reminder! Thanks for leading me to this post!!


  6. I love that old classic. My mother played it a lot when I was a child and now that I read your post, I can connect the dots. It’s interesting how the mind works.


  7. ahavaha says:

    There is great power in praising and worshipping the Lord amidst pain and suffering. Thank you for this message.


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