In the end, The Thing spoke from the book of Job and the book of Ephesians.
The Bible has much to say about both pain (Job) and preparedness (Ephesians) and since he knew that so many of these kids had already faced more pain than we would ever wish them to endure, The Thing wanted them to know that God is with them and intends for them to face the battles of life with the equipment they need to win.
How do we face pain? How do we walk into the battles that come upon us? Is there victory amidst such darkness?