Our Suffering as a Catalyst for Growth

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When God answers by not healing, by not providing some material thing, by not giving the job, by not giving instant ‘fixes’, or delivering from (emotional, mental, physical, or spiritual struggles) but instead, provides His Power, which is at work within you, enabling you to live in the midst of trying times, that, is His answer.

He encourages us in making us aware, that He provides: “My Grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” (1 Corinthians 12:9)

“When we keep listening attentively to the voice calling us the Beloved, it becomes possible to live in our brokenness, not as a confirmation of our fear that we are worthless, but as an opportunity to purify and deepen the blessing that rests upon us.” Henri Nouwen (The only Necessary Thing)

Often when our situations stretch us to our utter most limits of endurance, and we sometimes find ourselves dealing with unbearable pressure, grief, anxiousness, or unknown direction, it is then, we find ourselves crying out for mercy, to our loving Father.

In our suffering and humanity we can identify with David’s prayer: “Give ear to my words Lord, consider my sighing, listen to my cry for help, my King and God, for to you I pray…But, I by your mercy, will come into your house; in reverence will I bow down toward your holy temple. Lead me, O Lord, in your righteousness…make straight your way before me.” (Psalms 5:1-2, 7-8)

Then, our sufferings, become the catalyst for hope, and God’s healing Spirit is experienced fully, in the midst of our present circumstances.



Lorraine Taylor – Lay Minister

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