12 Jul

since the beginning of this journey I have found that on the days that I am flat on my back there is one place only to look, that is up. Doesn't everyone wish they had a pain free life? Of course. Pain comes in a myriad of forms. A friend shared with me yesterday about the emotional pain she has endured in her life due to the choices that were made for her growing up; choices that impacted her life greatly and have left her wondering what about her made her not good enough. 

A sister grieves the loss of her daughter every day. She calls it wearing ugly shoes. The steps that she takes every day are heavy and difficult to take. Some tell her it's time to get over it, stop grieving, she can't change it. How do you "get over" the loss of a child?

Spouses leave, children die, mothers are left with empty arms. Homes burn taking everything that people own making it necessary to start over. Children have cancer, the elderly are left with no one to care for them... the list goes on and on. 

I look at the pain in my life and there is always someone who is dealing with something of greater magnitude, at least to them.

I cannot fix, help or even make their pain go away. But, when I reach out to someone in need, when I connect with someone who is suffering a loss or when I pray for those who don't know how they are going to put one foot in front of the other I am taking my focus off of me. I am placing my focus on helping others. 

In Lamentations chapter 3 though Jeremiah was suffering because of the sinfulness of Israel he had hope. He remembered God's mercy and faithfulness.

'My soul still remembers And sinks within me. (but)This I recall to my mind, Therefore I have hope. Through the Lord ’s mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness. “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “Therefore I hope in Him!”' Lamentations 3:20-24 

It seems that God is not aware of our trouble, be assured that He is. As David spoke in PsaIms, I have been young, and now am old; Yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, Nor his descendants begging bread. He is ever merciful, and lends; And his descendants are blessed.' Psalms 37:25-26 


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