September 10, 2009

What is it to Suffer

Sometimes we never know why some suffer and others do not. Scripture sharing brought that to light last night. Some people never really know the depth of suffering another undergoes either unless they bring it out for another to pray for them. I wonder at times the depth of suffering both of my parents have gone through all their life to come to see and know the answer by their constant faith that each day they will get by.

Their constant faith has always been a beacon in my life, that when I began my own journey of suffering I too embraced the cross with faith as they do. When I had dental work almost a month ago, the shot that was given was so painful that I am in constant pain each day from it. That shouldn't happen normally and yet the question is present why have I been given this cross to suffer along with the other ones. All I can begin to think that it is for me to humble myself even more and continue on a deeper level to abandon myself completely to God's Will. To offer my pain and suffering not only for myself but for others who suffer as well.

The answer can also be part of the test of faith when we suffer. Like Job and what he went through, don't we all go through similar tests ourselves. How do we fair on a daily basis? Do we give up on God and tell him we hate him because he doesn't bring relief or healing? Or do we in our suffering continue to love him unconditionally as he loves us? There are many in the world who truly suffer on a much deeper level when overcome by pain, it's also the pain of never knowing God's love.

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Catholic Mom of 10 said...

My depression & bipolar illness are a blessing..

Faith said...

Are you still in pain from the dental work?

Marie Cecile said...

Jackie, you are a blessing in many ways for those who suffer what you do. From what you write about it and all that you go through while keeping strong in faith, so very many look up to you for guidance and strength.

Faith, when I wrote that this morning I was in extreme pain, with so much throbbing that I had a headache and naseau to go with it. The flair ups are not pleasant, but the key is also making sure those are also not part of the symptoms of a heart attack as well. Today was the worst I've had since the work up. Healing takes time. Thank you for asking.

Gallivanter said...

I enjoyed reading this post. Nice one for a Sunday morning.

Marie Cecile said...

Thank you Gallivanter for your kind words!

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