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December 06, 2006

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deborah

I think that was very very well stated. By the way, I love the pictures you add to your blogs, they somehow take away some of the pain.

mary  l taylor

wanda, on you letter of the older ones with a medal thing their holding by their mouth in the ad. who is the man doing the singing. its a beauty voice the ama has put on the ad. thanks much. mary

dave

As you said, we all have our beliefs, and I don't believe suffering is either punishment or a test. It happens, like so many things in life: hurricanes for example.
All any of us can do is cope and make the best of a bad situation using any comfort that seems reasonable.
That seems both brave and logical to me.

dave

Able Mart

Very well stated. Pain can be a barrier but it does make you rely on God.

Me

Ok, here's the deal on God and suffering. Jesus suffered for our sakes so that we would not have to-that applies to eternal damnation, or separation from God, not human pain. God loves us-He does not cause us pain and He cries with us as we suffer it. It is not a punishment. It is not a test. It is a human condition and, as Scripture says, that rain falls on the "wheat" meaning God's people and the "tares" meaning everyone else. It is the same as giving some of us red hair while others get blond or none. Pain is what makes us unique in this world, and how we suffer it, and believe me, I'm not perfect in mine, can be a discouragement or encouragement to those we meet. Scripture also says that He will never give us more than we can handle and, while I'm always amazed at how much God thinks I can handle (LOL), I'm willing to try because He believes in me. And when I look around at the deal I could've gotten instead of the one I did, well, I'm grateful for my allotment of suffering. I hope that it inspires those I meet and at least causes them to be grateful for whatever burdens they've been given to tote.

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