The Cure For Pain is one of the singles on Jon Foreman's Fall EP. For a short time you can download it free here.I don't know how long this link will last, so I'd suggest you go there now.
Just be prepared. If you've experienced loss or pain (haven't we all?) you'll find this song fits the description of another song title, Killing Me Softly With His Song.
Jon Foreman shared his thoughts about this song, and they're worth reading. We've come to expect honesty from this band, and we see it again in the lead singer.
He gave me an idea for Christmas gifts. First, though, his words:
The Cure For Pain: I wrote this one in Texas on a day off. I was reflecting on the passing of time. I have been playing music in Switchfoot for about ten years. During that period, I have been fighting pain or running away from it in a myriad of ways. And yet the pain is a constant. I have had some amazing moments singing gravity away but the water keeps on falling.
I began to think the suffering I see around me, I think of the pain of a grandmother dying of cancer. Of a friend killed by a train. I think of the pain of death, of failure, of rejection, the pain of a father losing his only son. And I came to the conclusion that I cannot run from pain any longer.
Most of us experience pain, but we find that others don't want to hear about it when we're hurting.
A classic example is with death. I've mentioned it before, but it bears repeating.
My Mom passed in early 2006. I still miss her terribly, as does my daughter. Yet people started telling my daughter to get over her a week after she went back to school.
It's not just kids who do that, though. The first person to tell me to stop grieving did so 3 weeks after she passed.
Three weeks. Three weeks of grieving for the a woman who was there from before my first breath, who raised me secure in her love, who extended that same love to her grandkids and largely influenced who I am as a parent.
It's not just loss, though. Nobody wants to hear when somebody is hurting. Maybe it's because we're running from our own pain.
If you want to give a great gift this year, find somebody who needs your compassion. Then listen to them, really listen. Don't try to solve their problems, just be there for them. I can tell you from experience that just one person can make a difference.
Maybe it will even help you to ease any pain of your own.
My book is due at the publishers in a few days. I hope to write more between then and Christmas, but I still have shopping to do.
For those of you who have respected my grieving, you've given me a great gift. You are rare people. To all of you, Merry Christmas.