Discussion on the Topic of Pain and Suffering
Wholesome Life  2009-01-26

We realize fully well that the elderly people who are beneficiaries of the Wholesome Life Ministry need us to be there for them especially now in these difficult times that we live in. We want to be their friends and to have open fellowship on different urgent topics. This is why we organize every once in a while discussion meetings, so we could all share with each other our thoughts. This is also an opportunity for us to show them the biblical perspective on life and its meaning.

This past week we had one such meeting where we discussed the topic of pain and suffering that are part of the human life. Of course we have all experienced pain and have asked God why. But the Bible tells us that through the pain and the difficulties in life, we can actually grow to maturity and be transformed in our minds. The existential pain that we feel can either make us decide to do good or do evil. But most of all it is God's way to speak to us and to bring us closer to Him. Through the pain we experience we realize also about ourselves; we realize that we are just creatures with our limitations; and we become more sensitive and understanding towards the people around us.

Isn't it amazing that only when we are up against the wall, we turn to God in a cry or a silent prayer. We are like the little child who tries to be independent until he gets in trouble, and then he runs to his father. Yes, we behave in such a way so many times. Unfortunately, also when we experience pain, we tend to hurt the people around us. It turns out that the pain and suffering are a constant companion in our lives, but that should not discourage us. It should bring us to our knees to dedicate once again our lives to Jesus and his care and protection. Thus, with a word of prayer, we asked God to help us all endure pain and have hope for better days ahead of us!

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